Can a Lack of Vitamin D Cause Diabetes?

By now, you have probably heard that a high-fat diet can increase your risk of metabolic syndrome–a cluster of symptoms that may lead to maladies like diabetes or heart disease. However, new research on mice indicates that those darn fats may not be the only culprit behind these ailments.

The study published in Frontiers found that a fatty diet may not cause metabolic syndrome all on its lonesome. The rodents in the study that developed metabolic syndrome also had to be deficient in vitamin D, leading scientists to believe that vitamin D deficiency may play a similar role in the development of human metabolic syndrome.

Additionally, the researchers pointed out that vitamin D is important to the cultivation of healthy gut flora. A  high-fat diet, of course, is anathema to beneficial gut bacteria.  This is because vitamin D increases the production of anti-microbial molecules that protect good bacteria, decrease blood sugar and improve fatty live.

From the Press Release:

“Based on this study, we believe that keeping vitamin D levels high, either through sun exposure, diet or supplementation, is beneficial for prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome,” says Professor Stephen Pandol, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, USA, who collaborated with Yuan-Ping Han’s research group at Sichuan University, China in the study.

The AIM Companies is proud to offer CalciAIM which provides 70% of your daily vitamin D needs in every serving. It also offers plenty of calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, copper and more.

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