Vitamin D

One Vitamin Stops Diabetes

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Diabetes changes your life.

You have to watch what you eat.

You have to take your medication.

And you have to carefully monitor your blood sugar.

More than 30 million Americans are dealing with this. An additional 84.1 million are prediabetic. That means they will likely face full-blown diabetes in the near future.[i]

But what if stopping diabetes were as simple as taking one vitamin?

That’s the promise of new research from the University of Sao Paulo School of Public Health.[ii]

It was a study of 680 women.

Previous research suggests vitamin D may help keep diabetes at bay. The scientists wanted to see if there was an association between vitamin D deficiency and higher blood sugar levels.[iii]

Researchers looked at the subjects’ blood sugar levels and levels of vitamin D.

They also asked them if they took vitamin D supplements or got regular sun exposure. Sunlight on exposed skin helps the body generate vitamin D.

Results showed participants who took vitamin D supplements, or got daily sun exposure, and/or had strong levels of the vitamin in their bloodstream had lower blood sugar. That means they had a lower risk for developing diabetes.

Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Vitamin D

Try to get 15 minutes of sun a day with your arms and legs exposed. And have your doctor check your vitamin D level. It’s a simple blood draw.

If your reading is less than 20 ng/mL, you need more vitamin D (ideal levels are 40-60 ng/mL). If it’s not possible for you to increase your sun exposure, take a quality vitamin D3 supplement. We recommend 5,000 IUs a day.

You can also raise your levels by eating foods high in vitamin D3. The best sources are pasture-raised eggs and wild-caught salmon and other oily fish such as sardines, herring, and mackerel.

Editor’s Note: Vitamin D has more scientific proof that it works than virtually all other nutritional supplements. Discover the other top supplements with strong evidence of effectiveness…and three supplements you should avoid that don’t work as advertised.

It’s in the March issue of Independent Healing, your best source for unbiased, science-based health advice.

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