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Vitamin D intake could lower diabetes risk: Study

New York, January 31 (IANS) While Vitamin D helps in promoting bone health, a new study suggests that it may also promote greater insulin sensitivity, thus lowering glucose levels and the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.

The study, conducted only on
women, showed that vitamin D supplementation was found to be negatively
associated with high glucose levels.

In addition, habitual
exposure to the sun also provided the same association, demonstrating
that vitamin D deficiencies are associated with high blood glucose
levels, said the study, published in Menopause: The journal of The North
American Menopause Society (NAMS).

"Although a causal
relationship has not been proven, low levels of vitamin D may play a
significant role in Type-2 diabetes mellitus. Vitamin D supplementation
may help improve blood sugar control, but intervention studies are still
needed," said JoAnn Pinkerton, Executive Director at the North American
Menopause Society (NAMS).

Furthermore, a previous study has
also found that vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of potentially
fatal lung attacks in some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD).

For the study, the team from NAMS involved 680
women aged 35 to 74 years among which 24 (3.5 per cent) reported using
vitamin D supplements.