Study says vitamin D may be linked to inflammation and diabetes

Study says vitamin D may be linked to inflammation and diabetes

In addition to improving your mood, getting some sun outside can prevent diabetes and cardiovascular problems, according to a study by the University of South Australia. According to scientists, people who have good levels of vitamin D in their blood are less likely to develop diseases.

Information from 294,000 Britons participating in the UK Biobank, a database of patients in the UK, was analyzed. Researchers note that people with high levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), which increases when the body suffers from inflammation, have low levels of vitamin D.

Inflammation in the body is a natural process, and it is not only used to fight off invaders but also to trigger important processes in the body’s functions. However, when it is in excess, it increases the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart problems.


“Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting tissues that are injured or infected with infection. C-reactive proteins are generated in the liver in response to inflammation, so when the condition is chronic, the substance will be in excess,” researcher Ang Zhou, who led the study, explains in a press release.

He says that stimulating or supplementing vitamin D production in deficient patients can reduce chronic inflammation, improve the condition and prevent the individual from developing other diseases.

Researchers cannot explain what role vitamin D plays in inflammation, but the study shows that the two are linked. The production of the vitamin is stimulated mainly by exposure to sunlight, but it can also be supplemented.

Scientists hope the findings will help treat people with chronic inflammation — according to them, vitamin D can help reverse the condition. The study was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

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