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Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Diabetes, Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer

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Vitamin Deficiency Linked to Diabetes, Autoimmune Disorders, Cancer

Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, plays essential roles in supporting our energy and balancing our moods.  It also helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth, and supports the health of the thyroid gland—a butterfly-shaped gland in the throat that helps maintain a healthy weight, balanced metabolism, and energy levels.  But, at this time of year, it is easy to develop a Vitamin D deficiency.

New evidence shows that people with higher levels of vitamin D experienced a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.  Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University just released its study linking low levels of vitamin D to diabetes in the June 2010 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  The authors of the study concluded that maintaining optimal vitamin D levels in the blood may be a type 2 diabetes prevention strategy.

Other research found that vitamin D plays a critical role in activating the body’s immune system against infectious diseases like the flu.  Researchers note that a deficiency in this important vitamin, which actually acts like a hormone in your body, may result in a greater risk of contracting flu viruses.  Also, additional research linked low amounts of vitamin D to autoimmune disorders, cancer, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

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5:46AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

This is enlightening for me. I think I will load up on Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 as well. There should be lots of products on the market place that could provide these essential vitamins in our body.

4:56AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

I've heard that vitamin b12 deficiency (link) is even more dangerous, than others..

10:46PM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Thank you.

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4:42AM PDT on Oct 11, 2012

Vitamin D is very essential factor for a good health. It maintain blood levels of calcium within normal limits. Vitamin D is found in milk, eggs and fish.

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5:46AM PDT on Jul 28, 2012

If you do not have enough butter, milk and other dairy products in your daily diet, you could have a deficiency of vitamin A. Vitamin A quantities that are less than 1mg per day for adults and 0.8mg per day for kids may cause night blindness, bitot spots, dry skin and hair and brittle fingernails.

7:55AM PDT on May 18, 2012

As a person with lupus, I've long been interested in how we can help ourselves with more natural avenues, such as vitamins...

I also started a Care2 petition for lupus a few weeks back - please take a moment to sign it! Every bit helps.

11:47AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

I take vitamin D to make sure!

9:17AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012


8:08AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

good to know

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