DIABETES type 2 symptoms include fatigue, feeling constantly thirsty and needing to urinate more than normal. But, you could lower your risk of the condition by taking daily vitamin D supplements, a nutritionist has claimed.
- Diabetes symptoms include fatigue and urinating more often than normal
- Vitamin D helps to control blood sugar
- Vitamin could help to lower risk of condition
- Diabetes type 2 accounts for 90 per cent of diabetes cases in the UK
Vitamin D is important for blood sugar control, and could lower your risk of diabetes, studies have revealed.
Patients who are deficient in the vital vitamin have a higher risk of developing all types of diabetes, it’s been claimed.
Taking about 25ng/ml of vitamin D could lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by 43 per cent, according to a 2011 US study.
But, between 2,000 and 4,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D is the optimum amount of lower your risk of the condition, according to nutritionist Franziska Spritzer.
“Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Uncontrolled cases can cause blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and other serious conditions,” said Spritzler.
“Most health organisations recommend maintaining a vitamin D blood level of at least 30 ng/ml.
“However, for many people, supplementing with 2,000–4,000 IU of vitamin D daily may be necessary to achieve and maintain optimal levels.
“Good food sources of vitamin D include fatty fish and cod liver oil. In addition, sun exposure can increase vitamin D levels in the blood.”
Some herbs may help to increase insulin sensitivity, and reduce the chances of diabetes progression, Spritzler added.
Curcumin has strong anti-inflammatory properties, and could lower the risk of arthritis and diabetes.
Berberine could help to lower blood-sugar, and may be as effective as metformin – a widely used medication for diabetes – said the nutritionist.
Eating a high-fibre diet, cutting down on portion sizes and drinking water as your primary beverage could also lower your risk of diabetes, said Spritzler.