Results of a Brazilian study published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, suggest vitamin D (the “sunshine vitamin”) improves insulin sensitivity, thereby lowering glucose levels and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. This research supports other studies showing a link between vitamin D and diabetes risk.
The study involved 680 women in Brazil, aged 35 to 74, 24 of whom reported taking vitamin D supplements. According to researchers, vitamin D supplements, as well as regular exposure to the sun’s UV rays, were associated with lower blood glucose levels.
This study doesn’t prove a cause-effect relationship, but it suggests low levels of vitamin D may play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, the researchers say.
Sourced from: Menopause