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Vitamin D Deficiency Associated With Type 2 Diabetes

June 21, 2010: 11:15 AM EST
A new U.S. study has found that patients with Type 2 diabetes were highly likely to have a vitamin D deficiency. The study of 124 patients ranging in age from 36 to 89 years also found that a vitamin D deficiency may be associated with poor blood sugar control. According to the researchers, who examined the medical histories of the patients over a six-year period, 91 percent had either an “insufficiency” or a deficiency of vitamin D, despite receiving regular primary care visits before being sent to an outpatient endocrine clinic for diabetes treatment. Only six percent were taking a vitamin D supplement. The researchers suggested that proper screening and vitamin D supplementation should be a part of routine primary care.
Esther Krug, MD, et al., "Poor Control Of Diabetes May Be Linked To Low Vitamin D", Presentation, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting , June 21, 2010, © Esther Krug, MD, et al.
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