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  • Yeh you are right. I am also suffering from Diabetic. VITAMIN D range should be 20-30. But it was 11 in my blood. Due to less amount of Vitamin D Hair Fall Issue. So I am taking a injection for that. I hope I will control my Diabetic soon.

  • Yes I agree to this , I am diabteic for the last 15 years . 3-4 month some pain started in my hip joint and was not able to walk. On consulting doctor ( nero physichian ) he advise for vitamin D check. I got very less vitamin D.

    So can say diabtics can have vitamin D deficiencies.

  • yes i also have low Vitamin D and have been prescribed medicine . Also my Vitamin B12 is also pathetic can that be the reason too. my cholestrol was perfect and my HDL was on borderline. Can my HBA1C improve if vitamin D and B-12 are within presbribed limits. i have started taking supplements for the above.

  • Nobody is telling us that if we get sufficient vitamin D we will not get Diabetes. What is claimed is sufficient vitamin D is beneficial to high risk population (diabetes prone). What is not claimed is that vitamin D is a cure for diabetes. The supplement is needed in some blood related therapies. One of my friends was recently advised to take REMYLIN-D film-coated tab: (alpha lipoic acid 100 mg, pyridoxine hydrochloride 3 mg, methylcobalamin 1500 mcg, folic acid 1.5 mg, vitamin D3 1000 IU.) as vitamin D supplement since his vitamin D3 level was 5.06 ng/ml. as against the present standard of at least 50 ng/ml.

    I do not know about effect of vit D on HbA1c. B12 supplements are recommended along with metformin as the latter interferes with theB12 metabolism in the body.

  • vitamin D naturally sufficent in nature ,althe beeings used vD vrites comming through the sun irquest all the persons to work at least in nature like walking and so others , first to tese bone denecty test after use natural food not deoend on pharmacy shops. think your own health difference in weather proof it your own good luck.

  • Mr.Murthi

    As you know that vitamin D naturally sufficient in nature .same kind of system present in our body to cure all type of disease itself.we must know all type of natural process.

  • i came to know this fact about 2 years ago

    in England we rarely have sunshine but this is in epidemic proportions in India as well and one theory suggests that the quality of sunrays is very varied now and with the pollution the rays cannot produce enough vit d -not sure if its true

  • It is not "Suns rays don't produce enough Vit D".Man has to wake up early and do some activity in the morning Sun before 9 AM...when Sun's rays contain Type of Vit D needed for our body is produced by the SUN,That is the reason our ancestors were healthy and happy too who used to do "Surya Namaskara",salutation to Sun.

  • May be,I will consult my Dr.

  • I worked minimum 8 hours a day temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celius and 40 degrees Celious till the age of 60 in fields of deccan-India. I am a diabetic at age 52 years

  • I can empathise with you since I was in a similar type of job but Iam diabetic. But nobody is telling us that if we get sufficient vitamin D we will not get Diabetes. What is claimed is sufficient vitamin D is beneficial to high risk population (diabetes prone). What is not claimed is that vitamin D is cure for diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes develops due to malfunctioning of the immune system. Mounting scientific evidence indicates that vitamin D plays a vital role in the normal functioning of the immune system and vitamin D deficiency can lead to the malfunctioning of the immune system. Consequently, your own immune system starts to attack and kill your own insulin producing cells in the pancreas, reacting as if they are invading viruses that must be destroyed. Once you are unable to produce insulin, you develop Type 1 diabetes.

    Researchers have investigated the level of vitamin D in patients with Type 1 diabetes and found it to be low in the vast majority of these patients. Scientific evidence now exists to show that proper vitamin D supplementation can prevent Type 1 diabetes. Vitamin D is not a drug. There is no glory or huge profits in simply telling people to take enough vitamin D. In one such study called EURODIAB, researchers found vitamin D supplementation during infancy can significantly reduce the risk for developing Type 1 diabetes.

    Life-style factors that are well known to cause Type 2 diabetes include obesity, old age and physical inactivity. It’s interesting to note that all of these factors also cause vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is important for normal glucose metabolism. In recent years, researchers have linked low vitamin D levels to insulin resistance and diabetes. Overcoming insulin resistance, in particular, could be a way to head off type 2 diabetes before it sets in.

    A large proportion of the population has low vitamin D levels, which are generally defined as a serum level of 25(OH)-vitamin D less than 20 or 30 ng/mL. Although sunlight stimulates skin production of vitamin D, many in modern society are dependent on ingestion of vitamin D in milk or supplements to maintain normal vitamin D levels, especially during the winter months, more true in European countries. For people working office jobs—or used to slathering on SPF 30 sunscreen to block the sun’s rays—sunlight isn’t always enough. It acts through several mechanisms on glucose metabolism:

    1. Vitamin D directly acts on insulin producing cells in the pancreas to produce more insulin.

    2. Vitamin D directly acts on the muscle and fat cells to improve insulin action by reducing insulin resistance.

    3. Vitamin D indirectly improves insulin production and it’s action by improving the level of calcium inside the cells.

    The researchers have found that people who had higher level of vitamin D were less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Thus vitamin D appears to have a protective effect against the development of Type 2 diabetes. Intuitively, to tell vitamin D deficiency can lead to diabetes is at the time, far fetched though there are numerous scientific studies which indicate the same.

    For people with diabetes, the latest research suggests macrophage, a type of cell, activity can have an added drawback. Macrophages at work produce chemicals called cytokines, some of which serve as signals to other parts of the body. They can impair insulin action in the liver and muscle. Higher cytokines means more insulin resistance, a key factor in Type 2 diabetes.

    Scientists are trying to look at whether vitamin D deficiency might be making macrophages more active—contributing to insulin resistance and inflammation in the process. When you have less vitamin D, the macrophages are in a more active state. When you give people vitamin D, these inflammatory reactions were found to be reduced. Initial results are found to be pretty remarkable since it is found that macrophages were less active when vitamin D levels went up.

    The data from the present studies indicate that for people with insulin resistance, vitamin D can make a big difference. In another study from the U.S., researchers found that vitamin D and calcium supplementation were able to reduce progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. This protective effect of vitamin D was similar in magnitude to other measures which have been shown to reduce the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes, such as a weight reducing diet, intense exercise and use of the drug, metformin.

    In summary, vitamin D has the potential to prevent Type 1 as well as Type 2 diabetes. It can also prevent the devastating complications of diabetes such as heart attacks and kidney failure. Unfortunately, most diabetics continue to be low in vitamin D. Evidence from interventional trials suggests that combined vitamin D and calcium supplementation may help prevent type 2 DM in only some populations at high risk for diabetes.

    I think we should go for a walk in Sun with half sleeved shirt ; We exercise ; We accumulate vitamin D. Great! ( No snake oil merchants here please.....)

  • THATS right .im 15 year old diabetic patient. suffering from low vit D. IM TAKING remcyclin tabs.pain in calf and legs considerably reduced,pl check your iron content also it seems it is also usually low in dia patients

  • There is research on vit D that it prevent as much as 36 types of cancer. Is there any relations of deficiency of vit D and Hypothorid?

  • My SIL -- case of Hypothyroid.

    She went on 2TBSP CO (coconut oil) ,

    ASHVAGANDHA 3 times a day,

    VIT D 1000 IU (her VIT D level was 6.5).

    Now she is off from Levothyroxine since a year and her TSH is within range without any pills. So not sure which one has helped but she is definitely off all medicines and her blood reports show TSH etc in normal range. Doctor wanted her to be on 100mg dose of PILLS.

    However since VIT D is fat soluble, keep a watch on levels so that it doesn't reach toxic levels. If you are in normal range then no need to take VIT D.

  • Vitamin D3, has, very few toxicity reports above 20000 I.U,

    That is why it is believed that it is nottoxic upto 10000 I.U.

    However,when doctors recommend D3 supplements they normally recommend 1000 I.U

  • dear kkmmss

    thanks for the information

  • Thanks for the information.

  • i will agree with mykmth

    i didnotknow that there was a cut off point for sun not to produce the vitamin d

    you learn every day


  • Do "Surya Namaskara" every day. It is the good source of getting Vitamin D. It cleanse Pancreas. So it is good for diabetics.

  • when we could arrive to such common understanding of low levels of vitamin D lead to Diabetes, why this test is not generally part of the total tests being carried for a diabetic? At least from now onwards, I feel, one has to under take this test also along with other tests, prescribed generally for a Diabetic.

  • May be one reason is that D3 test is relatively costly ( about 10 times the HbA1c or A1C test and very few specialised centres can do it..

  • mostly it is true. i m diabetic sincr 15 years. my vit D IS

  • Theories linking vitamin D deficiency to cancer have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies.

    One particularly noteworthy study was completed by Joan Lappe and Robert Heaney in 2007. A group of menopausal women were given enough vitamin D to raise their serum levels to 40 ng/ml.

    These women experienced a 77 percent reduction in the incidence of all cancers, across the board, after just four years3. The remarkable thing is, 40 ng/ml is a relatively modest level. The latest information suggests the serum level “sweet spot” for vitamin D is 50 to 70 ng/ml. To have such stunning findings at just 40 ng/ml underscores just how powerful and important vitamin D is to your body’s optimal functioning.

    Could Breast Cancer Be 90 Percent Preventable, Just with Vitamin D?

    Vitamin D has powerful effects when it comes to breast cancer, to the degree that breast cancer is being described as a “vitamin D deficiency syndrome.” Of course, other lifestyle factors are also important in preventing cancer, such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, and managing stress. However, vitamin D’s critical importance seems to grow with every emerging study.

    Dr.Carole believes that 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer is related to vitamin D deficiency — which is 100 percent preventable!

    Vitamin D Can Make Breast Cancer Cells Fall Apart

    Dr. Cedric F. Garland of the University of California's San Diego Moores Cancer Center is the epidemiologist who has connected the dots between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer. According to Garland, in nearly all forms of breast cancer, vitamin D affects the structure of your epithelial cells. These cells are held together by a glue-like substance called E-cadherin, which provides structure to the cell. E-cadherin is made up of mostly

    vitamin D and calcium.

    If you don’t have adequate vitamin D, that structure comes apart and those cells do what they are programmed to do in order to survive — they go forth and multiply. If this growth process (cell proliferation) gets out of control, you may end up with cancer.

    If you have breast cancer in progress, the addition of vitamin D can help stop cancer cells in their tracks by replenishing E-cadherin. Once cancer growth is slowed, your immune system can begin to get ahead of the cancer cells, because it doesn’t have to deal with gazillions of them. It’s just disposing of the “leftovers.”

    Vitamin D is also known to improve a number of different problems of pregnancy, including reducing your risk of having a low birth weight baby and lowering your chances of C-section. If you’re pregnant and have good D3 levels, you are passing on important health protection to your newborn baby that will continue well after birth.

    It’s ALL About Your Vitamin D Blood Level

    The most important factor is your vitamin D serum level. It doesn’t matter how much time you spend in the sun, or how much vitamin D3 you take: if your serum level is low, then you’re at risk, plain and simple. And the only way to know your serum level is to test it. As of the present time, we don’t understand why people differ so widely in their serum responses to vitamin D supplementation. Until science figures this out, the only way to determine your serum level is by testing your blood on a regular basis.

    Fortunately, all of the major labs have updated their vitamin D testing protocols, so it no longer matters which lab you use. It’s recommended you check your level every three to six months, because it takes at least three months for it to stabilize after a change in sun exposure or supplement dose.

    The window you’re shooting for is 50 to 70ng/ml. More studies are needed to tease out the benefits of getting your serum level above 50, and 60, and 70 — in terms of what specific benefits occur at each increment. Above 20, you’re safe from rickets. Above 30, your gums will be healthy. Above 40, you receive great cancer benefits.

    But there may very well be reasons to push your level even higher — we just don’t have this information available yet. Science progresses slowly, and researchers are very cautious.

    It is Actually Difficult to Get Toxic

    The best way to optimize your vitamin D level is through sun exposure or a safe tanning bed as that virtually eliminates any risk of overdose. As a very general guide, you need to expose about 40 percent of your entire body to the sun for approximately 20 minutes between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is at its zenith. There appears to be no risk of vitamin D toxicity from ultraviolet B exposure.

    If you’re using an oral supplement, recent studies suggest adults need about 8,000 IU’s of oral vitamin D3 per day in order to get serum levels above 40 ng/ml. However, remember that if you take oral vitamin D, you also need to boost your vitamin K2, either through your food choices or a supplement. Vitamin K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries. In general, however, taking vitamin D3 is very safe. Even the conservative Institute of Medicine has concluded that taking up to 10,000 IU per day poses no risk for adverse effects.

    Vitamin K2 is to be taken consultation with medics since it was discovered as a "koagulation " vitamin.

    Those who are taking blood thinning agents should not take K2.

    My comments: My daughter, who gave birth to a under- weight child , six years back was very recently diagnosed with low D3 levels. Her level was 5 ng/ml !!.


    EXCERCISE FOR DIABETES, EXPOSURE TO D3.........................

  • I have been recently diagnosed with T2 D and a few months ago i had Vitamin D levels which were in the "deficient" range. Now that i have been supplementing weekly, my Vitamin D levels are in 40s (sufficient). If a deficiency can cause a syndrome, won't a sufficiency make amends and reverse the syndrome :) ?

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