Research scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany have shown that people with the proper supply of vitamin D
are at lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The study, which was conducted in cooperation with the German Diabetes Center and the University of Ulm. The report was published in the scientific journalDiabetes Care.
The researchers collaborated with scientists from the department of Medicine/Cardiology at the University of Ulm and German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf.
New tests performed on participants of the KORA study have shown that people with a proper supply of vitamin D
have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus, while individuals with lower concentrations of vitamin D
in their blood have a higher risk. This effect could be attributable to the anti-inflammatory effect of vitamin D.
The result of the study could have direct consequences for the prevention of this common disease.
deficiency is relatively widespread due to our modern way of life and the geographical latitude of Germany. In the winter months, in particular, people often do not receive adequate supplies of the vitamin because of the lack of sunlight,” explained researchers from the Institute for Epidemiology II at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.
“If follow-up studies confirm our results, a targeted improvement in the supply of vitamin D to the general public could at the same time reduce the risk of developing diabetes.” The human body can produce vitamin D itself if it has sufficient exposure to sunlight. The UVB radiation in natural daylight splits the precursor of vitamin D, 7-dehydrocholesterol, in the skin and forms provitamin D3. Further vitamin D synthesis occurs in the liver and kidneys.
The supply can be improved by eating certain foods, such as vegetables, fruits, olive oil, omega 3-richfish, eggs and milk
products and by taking vitamin D supplements.
Over six million people in Germany suffer from Type 2 diabetes mellitus, and the number of undiagnosed cases could be equally high or more. Unfortunately, there has been no cure for this common disease. Type 2 diabetes is a disorder of glucose metabolism. It is characterized by a loss of insulin action and a drop in the levels of the hormone produced by the body.
The mechanisms that trigger the disease have not yet been fully clarified. However, it is known that diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. The objective of the Helmholtz Zentrum München is to understand the mechanisms
that cause common diseases and to develop new approaches with regard to their diagnosis, therapy and prevention.
Story Source: Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen – German Research Centre for EnvironmentalHealth.
Journal Reference: Effect of Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D on Risk for Type 2 Diabetes MayBe Partially Mediated by Subclinical Inflammation: Results from the MONICA/KORA
Augsburg study. Diabetes Care, 2011;
Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen – German Research Centre for Environmental Health (2011, October 4). Vitamin D could lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, study suggest.
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