|Sarah McGowan-Freije, NatureCity author & contributor|
Depression and pain both commonly occur in conjunction with type-2 diabetes. A recent study has found that taking vitamin D supplements may improve depression and reduce pain for women who have type-2 diabetes.
The researchers gave women with depression and type 2 diabetes 50,000 IUs of vitamin D2 weekly for six months. At the onset of the study, 61% of them reported shooting or burning pain in their legs and feet while 74% reported numbness and tingling in their hands, fingers, and legs.
At the conclusion of the study, there was a marked decrease in depression symptoms as well as pain symptoms. As a result of this study, the researchers received funding to conduct a larger scale trial assessing the effects of vitamin D3 supplements on health outcomes in women with diabetes.
Researchers from Loyola University in Chicago conducted the study. It was presented at an October 24, 2013 research conference at Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reductions in the risk of skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.