Vitamin D for Type 2 Diabetes
Is vitamin D for type 2 diabetes a beneficial thing for you? Yes, absolutely. Vitamin D is beneficial for your body hands down. How many people are deficient in vitamin D? Numbers could be as high as 50%! I only take two supplemental vitamins. B12 & D! I take 1000 IU/daily. I’m in the sun more now living in Florida, but I don’t want to take a chance and not have enough of this super vitamin.
You really can’t take too much of it, but with 1000 IU’s, I’m ok. “D” is so important that it could be somewhat of “reversal” or “cure” for diabetes, but there are still many other things you must address as well, such as diet and exercise. It’s not just a “take a pill” kind of solution. Nice try. LOL
Just what does Vitamin D do?
Most people don’t realize they are deficient in this extremely important vitamin. The most important function of “D” is calcium. Mom used to say “Drink your milk, it builds strong bones!” Oh and I did drink my milk. We had so much milk delivered when I was growing up that we should have had our own cow! It was ridiculous!
It helped me sleep at night too. So vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that aids in the absorption of calcium into your stomach. This helps to maintain the proper levels in your blood such as low blood sugar and high blood sugar which in turn help to promote bone growth and bone health and cholesterol as well.
I just want to mention that other functions are in assisting with your immune system, growth of cells, and controlling inflammation and high blood pressure. Maintain a healthy blood pressure. How important is your immune system? Well, it’s your body’s defense against stress and it protects you from illnesses and infections and aids in muscle functions. Vitamin D can also help lower the risk for elderly folks in falling down. We sure don’t want to worry about that happening! You’ll want to watch your weight with diabetes too. This is something that should be a no-brainer!
Vitamin D deficiency
Certain medical issues and medications can be caused by a “D” deficiency:
- Being obese which can add to back pain. You don’t want your body mass index to be over 30 because this could be a sign of low vitamin D levels. Get rid of the belly fat too.
- Age. With age, our skin’s ability is lessened to make vitamin D.
- Celiac disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Crohn’s disease……All three of these diseases prevent your intestines from absorbing enough “D”
- Being mobile. If you’re inactive, housebound, in a facility or rarely outside to get enough sunlight.
- Liver or kidney diseases. The body needs an enzyme to change vitamin D into a form that’s usable by your body and these two diseases reduce the amount of this enzyme.
- Color of skin. Lighter skin color makes vitamin D easier than darker colored skin.
- Cholesterol lowering drugs
- Weight loss drugs
You don’t want low levels of vitamin D. Once you’re aware of it, you an address it knowing all the facts. It’s very unhealthy to be deficient in any vitamin but this is the vitamin that can help you the most with so many diseases such as diabetes in my opinion. You also want to know your blood sugar numbers and monitor them closely with diabetes. And always check with your doctor before you do anything.
Sources of Vitamin D
The #1 and best source of vitamin D is the SUN! When you’re out and exposed to the sun, your skin produces vitamin D. It does make a difference as to the conditions as far as what season it is, where you’re located, what particular time of day that you’re out in the sun because the sun’s rays are strongest during the hours of 10 am and 3 pm. I see that very well living here in Florida. Your skin produces vitamin D when it’s exposed to the ultraviolet light that the sunlight gives off.
You ‘ll want to get between 15 minutes and 2 hours of sun exposure to your entire body (almost)daily if possible. You certainly don’t want to burn either. Darker skinned people might need closer to the 2 hour range. So let’s remember too, that you don’t want to increase your risk of skin cancer, so using sunscreen with a SPF of a minimum of 30 is advised. If getting enough sunlight isn’t feasible, we can turn to other sources as alternates. They may not be as good as the sunlight, but at least you can still get your “D” that you desperately need.
Foods for Vitamin D
- Egg yolk
- Orange juice fortified with vitamin D
- Soy milk
- Apple cider vinegar
This should get you started. These are rich in vitamin D, but like everything else, don’t overdo it. Balance your meals. These shouldn’t be the only foods you eat.
Health issues for not enough and too much “D”
What happens if you don’t get enough of this vitamin? Low levels in children can result in rickets. Rickets is a defective mineralization or calcification of bones. In adults, there’s a disease called osteomalacia. (softening of the bones). If either of these are not addressed and treated it can lead to bone pain, muscle pain, and soft brittle bones. This can be an extremely bad situation that nobody should experience. Please get enough vitamin D! I take supplements too.
Here is a chart of what you should need daily:
- Children 1-3 years: 600 IU/daily-stay under 2500 IU/daily
- Children 4-8 years: 600 IU/daily-stay under 3000 IU/daily
- Anyone 9 and over: 800 IU/daily-stay under 4000 IU/daily
These aren’t the exact numbers that are written in stone, but this gives you a guide.
What happens if you get too much of vitamin D?
- Weight loss
- Poor appetite
- Heart rhythm issues
- Kidney damage
Ok, this should be self explanatory, but I’ll say it anyway. Just get the correct amount of vitamin D and discuss it with your doctor. There’s too many consequences for being on the low or high end. Do it right, but do it.
How is vitamin D connected with type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is associated with obesity. I’m sure you know that already. It’s no surprise to me, so it shouldn’t be to you either. So what happens? It’s more difficult for your body to link to vitamin D. Many reports and studies have indicated that a high level of “D” can protect against diabetes.
In a nutshell? A lack of insulin or an insensitivity to it results in type 2 diabetes.
- A higher level of vitamin D can mean a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
- I take 1000 UI/daily of this vitamin and studies are ongoing with it’s benefits against diabetes too.
- Issues such as lower A1C levels, lower levels of LDL-C, improved blood pressure control, and higher levels of HDL-C are controlled by vitamin D.
Vitamin D benefits
- Regulates our immune system
- Lowers the risk of various types of cancers
- Reducing the risks of rheumatoid arthritis in females
- Aids in weight control and weight loss
- With a strong immune system it lessens problems with breathing and asthma conditions
- Superhero in protecting your bones
- Less brain and memory fog
I can’t say enough about this vitamin. It’s not one that is in many foods, but getting out in the sunlight has never been more important to your health. I try to get enough sun and here in Florida is fairly easy so I have no excuses. I get out on my bike most days and if I can’t get outdoors, then I hop on my exercise bike instead. Besides, wouldn’t you be happier with a sunny day than a cloudy rainy day? I know I would and I am!
I hoped you enjoyed this article because this is extremely important and I desperately wanted to share it with you.Vitamin D for type 2 diabetes is important for diabetes but if you find that you need additional help with your blood sugars, this will work! If you have any questions about Vitamin D and diabetes, please leave a comment below. I appreciate it. Thank you!