Perhaps it is time to put evaluating for the precursors to type I diabetes in the routine tests that children get in order to catch this early. Or in those with a strong family history to have their children evaluated for this on a regular basis. Much more study would need to be done to determine the timing of this and who best to test.
This is amazing and from a person point of view frustrating. As I am always trying to “save people” I wish I could have helped my family. See type 1 diabetes runs in my father’s side of my family. My great uncle Brooks Bowman who was a famous sing writer in the early 1900’s had type 1 diabetes.
I was always told he was the first person to live into his 20’s on diet control alone. This was before they used insulin. He died from what I believe was a cardiac arrythmia in his early 20’s. Then my aunt also had type 1 diabetes and died in her 40’s also from an arrythmia.
So, if I could have, I would have liked to have helped them. They lived in Ohio and I am sure did not get a lot of sun thus had low vitamin D3 blood levels. Studies also showed that taking vitamin D3 supplementation improves blood sugar levels in type 1 diabetics.
For example, in one study where they took 4,000 IUs per day of vitamin D3 that resulted in better control of the blood sugar levels. 1 Again as I have noted in prior blog posts and my book, first I have issues with this studies that use what I consider low doses.
Second, they did not track blood levels which I believe is more important and more accurate. More accurate way to determine cause and effect in studies using vitamin D3. For example, what if there is a difference in how well it is absorbed.
Thus, potentially causing wide variance in how the subjects in the study respond. Though that even at this dose they had positive result to me demonstrates how powerful of an effect vitamin D3 has. Second though I have not posted this in my blogs before I believe the optimal dose is 30,000 IU per day.
If you have read this far you deserve to know and if you skipped all the other posts, you just became lucky. The reason I wrote the book is to explain how and why I came to that dose. That is also the reason I did not post in blogs before.
I believe it is important you understand what is in my book before taking this dose. Like the above study where they used only 4,000 IU’s a day demonstrating its powerful effect. How that even that low dose is still about 6-10 times the doses recommended by many governments’ health groups.
Though they used 4,000 IU per day in this study for those that live further from the equator they don’t have the same amount of potential ultraviolet light each day to produce vitamin D3. In the winter the angle is such that you might not be able to produce any vitamin D3 for months.
That is if they exposed themselves to the sun at the correct time of day. Then concerning type 2 diabetes which is much more common and becoming more common every year especially in first world countries. A study found that there is a link between deficiency of vitamin D and insulin resistance. 2
This may be related to the development of type 2 diabetes. Another study found that low vitamin D3 levels doubled the risk of type II diabetes. In this study they used their cut off level of 50 nmol/l which is 20 ng/ml. 3 Which in my opinion is extremely low level.
The blood levels of and perhaps available vitamin D3 may decrease the fatter we are. A study I came across seems to show this. 4 Thus, those who are overweight and trying to fight their way out of this quagmire may need supplemental vitamin D3 and more of it then those who are not overweight. One reason I believe blood levels are the best indicator of optimal amounts.
- Aljabri KS, Bokhari SA, Khan MJ. (Nov-Dec. 2010). Glycemic changes after vitamin D supplementation in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus and vitamin D deficiency. Ann Saudi Med. 30(6):454-458.
- Al-Shoumer KAS, Al-Essa TM. (Jul 25, 2015). Is there a relationship between vitamin D with insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus? World J Diabetes. 6(8): 1057-1064.
- Teegarden D, Donkin SS. (2009). Vitamin D: Emerging new roles in insulin sensitivety. Nutr Res Rev. 22:892-92.
- Wortsman J, Matsuoka LY, Holick MF, et al. (2000) Decreased bioavailability of vitamin D in obesity. Amer J Clin Nutr. 72(3):690-693.
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