Thursday, March 13, 2008

More on vitamin D - and diabetes

It's an interesting fact that there are some diseases, like multiple sclerosis, that are more common in countries with daylight than in the sunnier climates. For example, Canada has a high MS rate compared with Mexico.

New research has found that there may also be a connection with type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes, the type of diabetes that strikes mostly children. In a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, researchers found that children who were give extra vitamin D supplements were approximately 30% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes compared with those who did not receive a supplement. The researchers go on to say that the findings suggested the higher the supplemental dose, the lower the risk.

The authors of the study point out that a child Finland is 400 times more likely to develop the disease than a child in Venezuela.

Chalk up another important reason to get that good old vitamin D.

News for Today:
Extra vitamin D in early childhood cuts adult diabetes risk
Medications Plus Dental Materials May Equal Infection for Diabetic Patients
FDA Issues Alert on Tussionex, a Long-Acting Prescription Cough Medicine
Regular low dose aspirin cuts asthma risk in women
Family cardiac caregivers may have higher heart disease risk

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