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How Vitamin D Deficiency Can Causes Type 2 Diabetes

Vitamin D is one of the most under-rated Vitamins. It is, in fact, an essential nutrient for the proper functioning of the body. Vitamin D deficiency causes several ill effects on bones, teeth as well as the immune system.

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How Vitamin D is produced in our bodies?

Our body normally produces vitamin D when our bare skin is exposed to sunlight. Direct exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) is the most natural way to get vitamin D. According to the studies, every cell and tissue in our body has a Vitamin D receptor. When our body is exposed to UV rays, our body converts a cholesterol derivative into Vitamin D.

Generally, anyone with less than the range of 20-56 ng/ml is considered to be Vitamin D deficient. The normal levels may defer depending on various factors like age, bone structure and daily routine. However, the changed lifestyle has altered our time for sun exposure and our body thus fails to synthesize Vitamin D.

Conditions Caused by Deficiency of Vitamin D

Vitamin D Deficiency causes a lot of health issues like high blood pressure, depression, osteoporosis and even cancer. It is an essential nutrient required for calcium absorption for keeping the bones and teeth healthy. Recent studies have found that Vitamin D deficiency also plays a role in causing type-2 diabetes.

The Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes Connection

Insulin is a hormone responsible for the proper absorption of sugar in the body. Vitamin D helps in improving the insulin sensitivity of the body and thus reduces the risk of insulin resistance which is known to be the precursor of the Type 2 Diabetes.

How to Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency?

First of all, regular health checkups can help keep track of the nutrition level in our body. Know some more ways of vitamin D deficiency prevention:

  • Exposure to Sun:

    Make sure to spend some time every day under the sun so that your body can produce Vitamin D.
  • Diet Changes:

    Sources rich in Vitamin D are egg yolk, soy milk, cereals, cheese, fish like tuna, mackerel, and salmon, dairy products, orange juice, and beef liver.
  • Supplements

    Please consult your physician in case you have vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is essential for the proper growth and functioning of the body. It is wise decision to get regular health checkups done to keep an eye on the required nutrients’ levels in the body. If you have any question about ways to control your nutrient levels, regular health check-ups, do fill the query form and we will get back to you.

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