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Vitamin D may improve inflammation in type 2 diabetes

Doctors knew that chronic, low-grade inflammation precedes and exists in type 2 diabetes, and that vitamin D is a natural anti-inflammatory.

This review of 20 placebo-controlled vitamin D studies covered 1,270 people with type 2 diabetes. The doses and forms of vitamin D in the studies varied, as did their durations. Overall compared to placebo, those taking vitamin D had lower levels of the inflammatory factors C-reactive protein, TNF-alpha, and fibrinogen, which causes red blood cells to stick together.

Commenting on the findings, doctors said chronic inflammation in type 2 diabetes triggers insulin resistance, imbalanced lipid levels, and circulatory problems, all of which vitamin D may be able to counteract by reducing inflammation.

 

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