Diabetes Risk in Children and Low Vitamin D

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Recent studies found that in children, the performance of insulin may be closely associated to the vitamin D levels. Low vitamin D may generate a serious problem what we call as ‘insulin resistance’ (it represents the poor performance of insulin to convert glucose from foods into energy or fuel for body’s cells). Insulin resistance is more common in type 2 diabetes symptoms!

According to some studies, the level of vitamin D in obese children is relatively lower than in normal-weight kids. On the other hand, the risk of increased insulin resistance in obese kids is relatively higher than in normal-weight children.

Unfortunately, there is still no clearly link to explain completely the connection between low vitamin D and the higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes! In other words, the studies still cannot prove clearly that the development of diabetes (especially for type 2) is influenced by low vitamin D intake — Micah Olson, MD explains (he is a researcher in Dallas from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center).

Diabetes and obesity (vitamin D)

As well we know, the sunshine vitamin is identical with vitamin D because our body can get a lot of vitamin D when the body is exposed to the sun. Nevertheless, there are also some foods that can be used for the source of vitamin D (like breakfast cereals, eggs, fortified milk, and oily fish).

Many studies found that one of the common type 2 diabetes risk factors is obesity, but once again there is still no clue to explain the correlation between low vitamin D and diabetes!

In fact, obese kids are more likely to have decreased vitamin D levels! According to some studies that involve 400 obese children and 87 normal-weight kids (the ages are about 6-16 years old), found obese kids had higher chance to get vitamin D deficient (the chance is almost more than three times if compared non-obese kids). This is believed due to some unhealthy lifestyles factors (particularly like the unhealthy lifestyle to drink more soda and skip the breakfast).

Furthermore, in the study also found that obese children had less seasonal variations in vitamin D levels than normal-weight kids!


Like mentioned before, there is still no clearly evidence to explain completely the contribution of low vitamin D to the development of diabetes, but there are now many researchers believe that vitamin D may contribute to increase the production of insulin which eventually may be helpful to compensate the development of insulin  resistance!

Just sharing, hopefully this can be a helpful article for anyone!

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