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Tue Nov 05 17:21:16 EST 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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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.
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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.
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