Research Summary: Could vitamin D play a role in type 2 diabetes management? - Diabetes WA
 In Diabetes Research, Talking Type 2, Type 2

A recently published systematic review and meta-analysis published in Diabetes Care has found that vitamin D supplementation may play a role in the management of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. 

The systematic review and meta-analysis, which included a total of 4896 participants from eight separate clinical trials, observed that the supplementation of vitamin D may help to: 

  • lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in patients with prediabetes 
  • return a patient with prediabetes (elevated blood glucose levels) to normoglycemia (optimal blood glucose levels). 

Past scientific studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation is linked to improved health outcomes and the prevention of medical conditions, such as diabetes, where vitamin D helps to regulate insulin production in the body and decrease insulin resistance. 

Further investigation is necessary to determine the effectiveness of vitamin D supplementation on preventing the onset of type 2 diabetes in addition to the currently recommended treatments. Further research is also needed to understand whether the benefits of vitamin D supplementation remain effective in the longer term.  

Read the study here

Cited: Zhang, Z., Tan, H., et al. (2020). Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Patients With Prediabetes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysisDiabetes Care, 43(7), 1650-1658. doi: 10.2337/dc19-1708 

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