While vitamin D helps promote bone health, a new study suggests that it can also promote increased insulin sensitivity and thereby lower glucose levels and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The study, which was performed only on women, showed that vitamin D supplements were found to be negatively associated with high glucose levels.
In addition, the usual exposure to the sun also gave the same compound, indicating that the D deficiencies are associated with high blood sugar levels, the study says, published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).
"Although a causal relationship has not been proven, low vitamin D levels can play an important role in diabetes mellitus 2. Vitamin D supplements can help improve blood sugar control, but intervention studies are still required," says JoAnn Pinkerton, CEO of North American Menopause (NAMS)
Furthermore, a previous study has shown that vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of potentially fatal lung attacks in some patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
For the study, the NAMS team involved 680 women in age 35 to 74 years of which 24 (3.5 percent) reported with vitamin D supplements.