It’s old news that vitamin D deficiency is linked to countless chronic diseases, but a new study found that increasing this powerful nutrient can specifically improve the health of type 2 diabetics. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that’s correlated with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, both of which are linked to excess inflammation and many other complications.
Prescription drugs and conventional treatments have been overwhelmingly unsuccessful at reversing the damage and decline associated with type 2 diabetes.
That’s why it’s so exciting when research lands on methods of boosting the body’s innate ability to fight disease.
Vitamin D is a super vitamin and hormone, crucial for the health of just about every system in the body. Vitamin D is synthesized when sunlight interacts with cholesterol in the skin, so most mammals create enough on their own. However, without year-round access to sunlight (i.e., working indoors or living in Northern climates), humans can easily become deficient. There are very few food sources of vitamin D, so if you’re not getting enough via sunlight, D3 supplementation is essential.
Vitamin D deficiency can slow your health down and is tied to inadequate bone growth, immune dysfunction, neuromuscular problems, blood sugar imbalance, inflammation, and more. Now researchers have specifically connected increasing vitamin D levels to improvement in vital markers that put diabetics at risk. They treated participants with 5000 IU of vitamin D daily for 8 weeks, and this is what they found.
1. A significant drop in HbA1c
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) tells your doctor what your average blood sugar has been for about 2-3 months. Specifically, it measures the amount of glucose that is bound to red blood cells (glycated hemoglobin). An optimal level is under 5%, and a level over 5.7% indicates a blood sugar imbalance and risk of diabetes. Too much glycated hemoglobin increases inflammation and tissue damage.
2. Boosts Superoxide Dismutase
Superoxide dismutase helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells that we often refer to as free radicals. Too many free radicals increase oxidative stress and lead to inflammation. Alongside antioxidants, superoxide dismutase protects your body from damage to DNA, tissues, and related diseases.
3. Increases “good” HDL cholesterol
HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is often referred to as your “good” cholesterol. In reality, it is a molecule that helps carry cholesterol back to the liver from other tissues. The liver can then pull cholesterol out of the blood. When you have too much LDL and too little HDL, especially when inflammation is high, your risk of cardiovascular disease increases. Increasing HDL improves the ratio of LDL and HDL and is linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
4. Lowers Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
ESR measures the number of inflammatory proteins in the blood. Vitamin D reduced the level of ESR, indicating that inflammation levels were lowered after 8 weeks of treatment.
Increasing vitamin D levels successfully reduced blood sugar, inflammation, cardiovascular risk, and gave the body tools to fight free radicals.
The relationship between diabetes, inflammation, and vitamin D is a dynamic one, and that’s why it’s vital to stay on top of it. For this reason, we make use of comprehensive and advanced testing that allows us to identify your unique imbalances and how they may be getting in the way of your health. We know it’s crucial to pinpoint the distinct roots of your symptoms and support your healing with individualized care. Don’t try to manage this alone. We are here to help you restore your well-being and regain optimal health.