Supplementing With Vitamin D Is Not Beneficial For Type 2 Diabetics And Here's Why
Studies show people with type 2 diabetes are often vitamin D deficient but there is a way to reverse both issues naturally by focusing on the liver.
Vitamin D, it seems, has been the "it" vitamin recommended by practitioners to prediabetics and type 2 diabetics alike. While your practitioner may not believe supplemental vitamin d hurts in low amounts, it really doesn't help according to studies. In an attempt to understand the role of vitamin D in diabetes, it's important to look at the the link between vitamin D deficiency and a prediabetes and type 2 diabetes diagnosis, caused by NAFLD or fatty liver.
Low levels of vitamin D are an early indication of type 2 diabetes, even if someone isn’t overweight or obese, according to a recent study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. In order to examine the role of Vitamin D in diabetes treatment, it's important to understand how vitamin D is produced.
The results of the study shed light on the connection between vitamin D, obesity and type 2 diabetes. The study found that people who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to be obese and are also are more likely to have Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance) than people with normal vitamin D levels.
The study compared vitamin D biomarkers in one hundred eighteen participants at the university hospital Virgen de la Victoria in Malaga as well as thirty participants from the Hospital Universitari Dr. Josep Trueta in Girona, Spain. All participants were classified by their body-mass index (BMI) as well as whether they had diabetes, prediabetes or no glycemic disorders.
The analysis found that obese subjects who did not have glucose metabolism disorders had higher levels of vitamin D than diabetic subjects. Likewise, lean subjects with diabetes or another glucose metabolism disorder were more likely to have low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D levels were directly correlated with glucose levels, but not with BMI.
How The Body Produces Vitamin D
In understanding the role of vitamin D in diabetes and how vitamin D deficiency correlates to type 2 diabetes, it is important to have an idea how your body produces its vitamin D.
Put simply, before vitamin D becomes a vitamin, it is a hormone, that is converted by your liver and kidney when the sun hits your skin. Once the sunlight hits your skin, the hormone converts to what is called vitamin D, which we know to be vital to overall health and bone health.
Based on research, It is safe to presume that a person diagnosed with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes has a fatty liver and thus, cannot properly and thoroughly synthesize sunlight into vitamin D. This is why you see vitamin D deficiency, according to a report published in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Low Vitamin D Means NAFLD Non-Alcoholic Fatty liver Disease
In a 2007 report in published in The New England Journal of Medicine it was noted vitamin D has been shown to play an important role in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and autoimmune and infectious diseases.
Since type 2 diabetes is correlated with, and caused by NALFD or fatty liver, it makes perfect sense that the process of vitamin D synthesis fails or gets interrupted in people who have the disease.
Supplemental vitamin D treatments are not necessarily what is needed for vitamin D deficiency associated with liver disease. Rather, greater recognition of the problem is the priority. We cannot keep ignoring that type-2 diabetes is a liver issue, before it is a pancreas issue, since what brings on prediabetes and ultimately type 2 diabetes, is the liver’s inability to back up the pancreas. Because of the liver’s inability to store glucose the pancreas becomes overburdened causing insulin resistance.
Clear the Liver. Reverse Vitamin D Deficiency.
While careful and targeted supplementation maybe helpful for many health-related and deficiency issues, supplementing with vitamin D is not beneficial for improving the condition of prediabetics and type 2 diabetics. As a excerpt from the best selling diet/health/nutrition book EAT!—Empower. Adjust. Triumph!: Lose Ridiculous Weight puts it, “In a nutritional 2013 update for physicians, it was recommended that doctors recommend plant-based diets to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity. If your doctor hasn’t suggested this dietary change in lieu of medication, you may want to find a doctor or holistic health practitioner who will.”
Vitamin d deficiency is clearly the precursor of the liver being unable to perform it's function in both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Generally, type 2 diabetes is a diet-related liver issue, typically caused by a long-term diet high in protein and fat. That being said, diet is what to look to in reversing both the deficiency and the disease. A plant-based diet, high in quality carbohydrates and low in fat is the only way to reverse a fatty liver. Of course regular short increments of full-body exposure to sunlight (sans the sunscreen) is needed as well, to replenish vitamin D reserves.