New Delhi, January 18 [11:15 am]-Vitamin-D rich foods are known for ensuring a normal immune system, improving absorption of calcium and phosphorus, helping us to grow well, strengthening our bones and teeth and enabling our body to resist many kind of diseases.
But a new study on the wonders Vitamin-D rich food could do in our lives has the ability to change the way we helplessly look at diabetes.
Researchers from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Diabetes Foundation of India came together to conduct a study and found that
Vitamin D consumption can reduce fat and blood sugar in obese and pre-diabetic Indian women who suffer from its deficiency.
According to a report in The Times of India, Scientific Reports, a Nature group journal has published results of a randomised robust trial conducted on overweight Indian females aged 20-60 years who had pre-diabetes.
Some pre-diabetic patients, who were chosen for the study, were pre-diabetic and given vitamin D supplements during the trial. The results showed that the patients reverted to normal glucose levels and body fat also decreased.
The researchers also gave the patients placebo sample without vitamin D supplements, which resulted into progression to diabetes.
Fortis C-Doc Chairman Anoop Misra, who was also one of the authors of the study, was quoted by the report as saying, “Vitamin D deficiency is a major public health problem worldwide. India is exposed to adequate sunshine and it has been presumed that Indians have adequate levels of vitamin D. But several studies show high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its relation to abdominal obesity. In India, women, in particular, are more likely to have vitamin D deficiency because many of them are confined to households and have their bodies covered with clothes. Thus, they may not be exposed to sufficient sunlight.”
According to the experts, the most significant factor about the new study is that it shows that even higher blood sugar levels in pre-diabetic women could be reduced to normal levels.
This research is now being linked with various studies on type 2 diabeties mellitus (T2DM) patients in the past type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) who were found with lower levels of vitamin D when compared with non-diabetic individuals.