Vitamin D and Young Type 1 Diabetics
Posted Thursday, January 15, 2009

As we mentioned last year, the flood of positive literature surrounding vitamin D research has placed the supplement's popularity in a rapid ascendancy, and with good cause. The latest news about Vitamin D research concerns vitamin D levels and young type 1 diabetics.

Boston researchers have found that children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes have a very high rate vitamin D deficiency, with three-fourths lacking sufficient vitamin D levels. As a result, youths with type 1 diabetes are at great risk for bone and skeletal issues later in life, especially bone fractures. 61% of the young group had levels that are considered to be "insufficient", while 15% of the population were found to be vitamin D deficient. "To our surprise, we found extremely high rates of vitamin D inadequacy," said senior researcher Dr. Lori Laffel, of Harvard Medical School in Boston. "We didn't expect to find that only 24 percent of the study population would have adequate levels."

Research suggests that lowered levels of vitamin D may be inherent in type 1 diabetes, putting individuals at greater risk for bone-density loss. Elevated blood sugar, lowered calcium levels, and symptomatic inflammation are all thought to potentially contribute to the problem. As these are inherent difficulties of the condition, and because vitamin D is not naturally contained in most foods, the American Academy of Pediatrics and researchers have recommended that children and teenagers should take 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin D supplements each day.

DSIB: Vitamin D
Reuters: Vitamin D deficiency common in diabetic kids
Diabetes Health: Vitamin D Extremely Important for Young Type 1s
JPEDS: Significant Vitamin D Deficiency in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
JAPMA: A Comparison of Vitamin D Levels in Nondiabetic and Diabetic Patient Populations
Science Daily: Vitamin D Is The 'It' Nutrient Of The Moment

 

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