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Yogurt Fortified With Vitamin D Helps Diabetics Control Blood Sugar Levels

February 2, 2011: 11:00 AM EST

A clinical trial conducted by Iranian scientists has found that drinking a yogurt beverage fortified with vitamin D (or vitamin D and calcium) improved management of blood sugar (glucose) levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Management of blood sugar, called glycemic control, is critical in diabetes because elevated levels of glucose in the blood (hyperglycemia) over a long period can lead to harmful complications. In the study, 90 diabetics were randomly selected to consume plain yogurt with calcium but without vitamin D, or yogurt fortified with different levels of vitamin D and calcium twice a day for 12 weeks. Blood glucose levels were found to be lower in the groups that drank the vitamin D-fortified yogurt beverage, with or without added calcium.

Bahareh Nikooyeh, et al., "Daily consumption of vitamin D– or vitamin D + calcium–fortified yogurt drink improved glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized clinical trial", The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, February 02, 2011, © American Society for Nutrition
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