| Type 2 Diabetics Need More Sunshine
A new study shows that 60 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes have vitamin D deficiency. A lack of vitamin D can affect bone health, as well as having other adverse effects.
The study's authors recommended widespread screening for vitamin D deficiency among diabetics, or routine vitamin D supplementation.
Cardiovascular Problems Due to Lack of Vitamin D
The study compared the vitamin D blood levels of more than 450 type 2 diabetics with a similar number of non-diabetics.
The diabetics with vitamin D deficiency were more likely to be women, and to be taking insulin or cholesterol-lowering drugs. More than 30 percent of the diabetics had cardiovascular disease, which has been linked to low vitamin D levels.
So what is the best form of Vitamin D?
Or what if you cannot get out in the sun?
Cataplex D from Standard Process is the best form of Vitamin D that I am aware of. It is made from whole foods that are organically grown and specially processed by a patented process to preserve the nutrients. So when you take these supplements there are no chemically manufactured synthetic vitamins, but the whole thing, the real thing, the cataplex.
For more information about standard process supplements go here
P.S. milk with Vitamin D added is a horrible source of Vitamin D
Where else can you get sunshine from but being outside?
Full spectrum light bulbs. They put out light similar to the sun and actually help your body produce vitamin D even in the cloudy winter months. And the best part is by using full spectrum bulbs in your house you actually save $75 per bulb. They are more expensive to buy, but they last 10 years and use 2/3rds less electricity than regular bulbs.
For the scoop on where to get good quality full spectrum bulbs go here.
P.S. People who seem to be more depressed or sad in the winter, these lights are also great for preventing that.
Diabetes Care March 2006; 29(3): 722-724
BBC News March 29, 2006