March 13, 2008
Vitamin D In Childhood Cuts Type 1 Diabetes Risk

How many weeks has it been since I last nagged you about how most of you don't get enough vitamin D? Vitamin D, which helps the immune system function better, seems to cut the incidence of the autoimmune disorder type 1 diabetes.

Vitamin D supplements in early childhood may ward off the development of type 1 diabetes in later life, reveals a research review published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, in which insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the body’s own immune system, starting in early infancy. The disease is most common among people of European descent, with around 2 million Europeans and North Americans affected.

Its incidence is rising at roughly 3% a year, and it is estimated that new cases will have risen 40% between 2000 and 2010.

A trawl of published evidence on vitamin D supplementation in children produced five suitable studies, the pooled data from which were re-analysed.

The results showed that children given additional vitamin D were around 30% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes compared with those not given the supplement.

Vitamin D also might cut your risk of the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis (and see here too). Risk of Multiple Sclerosis also appears inversely associated with blood vitamin D levels. Avoid autoimmune disorders. Get enough vitamin D.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 March 13 09:36 PM  Aging Diet Studies


Comments
John said at March 16, 2008 5:07 PM:

This author is skeptical concerning the claims made about vitamin d: http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_strauss/20080213.html.

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