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Tue Nov 05 17:21:16 UTC 2013

Does vitamin D really help prevent and reverse type 2? I have seen several articles lately making this claim, any truth there or just hype ?
Asked By: silentservice  

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I am 45, taking metformin twice a day, my last a1c was 5.03 primarily due to extremely careful diet. A few well meaning friends and relatives have shown me these articles, it seems that there are enough supplements available to totally replace food and put you in the poor house. Before I waste the time or money, I wanted an opinion from a trusted source not the mother-in-law's magazine.
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2013-12-15 00:10:28.0

Dear silentservice,

Thank you for writing dLife. I commend you on your hard work in managing your diabetes, and for seeking information on vitamin supplementation from a reputable source such as dLife.

There has been some preliminary research that suggest vitamin D levels may have an inverse relationship with HbA1c and low levels of vitamin D show a correlation to increased incidence of type 2 diabetes.

However, in October 2013, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) released a new position statement titled “Nutrition Therapy Recommendations for the Management of Adults with Diabetes.” After reviewing the recent scientific evidence regarding diabetes and vitamin D, the ADA concluded that there is insufficient evidence to support the routine use of vitamin D to improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes and particularly those without underlying deficiencies.

Your healthcare provider can advise you of your vitamin D levels and the need for any supplementation.

Keep up the good work!

Accreditations: MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN
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Community Answers (5)
2016-06-15 15:43:09.0

I Have type 2 Diabetes And have been taking 1 Vitamin D: tablet 1000 units each day for five years... And it has not reversed reversed my Diabetes at all...
Answered By: desz

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2015-12-01 20:13:38.0

I am going to disagree with the 'expert' and say that even on the dLife website you recommend supplementing with Vitamin D. I have been type 2 for nearly 20 years, and for most of that time lived in the cloudy climate of Seattle, Washington. Vitamin D deficiency is the norm for many residents of the area, I"ve been taking Vitamin D3 2000 IU for most of the last twenty years, my A1C has never gone above 5.6 since I began supplements. I also take most of the other supplements dLife recommends on: http://www.dlife.com/diabetes-food-and-fitness/dietary_supplements and my doc monitors levels to ensure that I stay in a healthy range. We recently added 2000 mg Turmeric with bioperine to my daily regimen and monitoring carbs more. I am happy to report that my daily testing hovers between 90 - 100.
Answered By: lucilaird

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2014-12-30 17:20:21.0

Even a brief visit to a chemist or supplement shop indeed shows that you can spend your life income on all sorts of supplements. I have two friends who believe there is a supplement for everything. I take a large dose of Vitamin D, but that is only because I have been shown by tests to have a severe deficiency. I also take Magnesium, to counter the effects of a medication I take for heartburn which I have developed as a consequence of diabetes. Henry
Answered By: hemyd

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2014-01-01 17:50:52.0

We live in Canada - less sun in winter - my wife has MS and Vitamin D has been recommended by the MS Clinic Physician at St Michaels. Don't know if this helps, I haven't heard of any diabetic reversal, but healthwise, the further you are from the equator the higher the incidences of MS - leading to the hypothesis that lack of vitamin D (from the sunshine on your skin) is a contributor.
Answered By: cookiejdc

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2013-12-20 15:57:42.0

Well my answer would be not really true for vitamin D deficiency. I am from India where temperature rise to 110 degree F, and in reality Indians are the most diabetic in the world, Everyone gets more then enough vitamin D daily just by working and walking in the sun. I am not an expert but I think Diabetes is strictly genetic as well as the life style. If one has bad genes and are not careful of eating and not working out could play bigger role then Vitamin D alone.
Answered By: susmi2

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