Vitamin D May Help Lower Inflammation in Diabetics
Chronic low-grade inflammation is known to be present in, and precede, the development of type-2 diabetes. A recent study suggests that vitamin D supplementation may be associated with lower levels of inflammatory markers in people with diabetes, and may help slow progression of the disease.
Researchers from Monash University examined 20 randomized controlled trials that investigated the effects of vitamin D supplementation compared with placebo or usual care on inflammatory markers in patients with type-2 diabetes.
After examining the data, the researchers found that participants who took vitamin D had lower levels of C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor ?, a lower erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and higher levels of leptin, when compared with control groups. There were no differences in diponectin, interleukin 6, or E-selectin.
The study was published on February 27, 2018, in Nutrition Reviews.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with improved lipid profiles, help with certain allergies, skin protection, bone health, blood sugar health and promoting cognitive function and eye health.
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.