Vitamin D may help control diabetes

In a vitamin D study, doctors examined the medical charts of 124 type 2 diabetics, aged 36 to 89, who were receiving specialty diabetic care at an outpatient clinic. Even though participants had regular primary care before entering the clinic, 91 percent were deficient or low in vitamin D at their first visit, and only 6 percent were taking a vitamin D supplement. Researchers also found that elevated blood sugar levels trended lower as vitamin D levels rose.

Study authors said primary care providers, who diagnose and treat most type 2 diabetes, should regularly screen for vitamin D levels and supplement with vitamin D to improve diabetes health outcomes.

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