Vitamin D could lower diabetes risk

June 5, 2008 2:33:02 PM PDT
Vitamin D is thought to help prevent cancer. Now there's word it could also provide some benefit against diabetes. People living in areas with abundant sunshine appear to have a lower risk of type-1 diabetes, which may be due to a protective effect of vitamin D. Scientists found that countries that didn't receive a lot of sun, such as Canada, Norway and Sweden, had higher rates of diabetes than sunny countries such as Cuba, Barbados and the Dominican Republic.

Scientists say its too soon to know if sun exposure can affect an individual's risk for diabetes, but they recommend people get 10 to 15 minutes per day of sun to maintain adequate levels of this important vitamin.


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