Diabetes Awareness in November

There are an estimated 220 million diabetics in the world, and 90% of those suffer from Type II, or adult onset diabetes.

It seems like there is a month for everything these days—some are minor events—like the celebration for National Peanut Butter Lovers– and some could be considered a bit more significant. While there are several worthy and worthwhile awareness campaigns going on for the next few weeks, diabetes awareness ranks at the top of the list, and brings to light the importance of a serious and growing disease.

Every year millions upon millions of dollars are funneled into diabetes research.  Trying to find a cause for both Type I and Type II diabetes is a continual challenge that has scientists exploring many different causes and treatments—some of which may be more simple than originally thought.

The role of vitamins to fight diabetes

In fact, the role of a certain vitamin—vitamin D—may help reduce diabetes rates  according to a study published by the American Diabetes Association earlier this year.  The study showed a 25% decrease in diabetes development in those who had higher vitamin D levels than in people who had low levels.

While there is still much research to be done on the subject, vitamin D has been touted to be a key marker in overall health status.  Most Americans usually have at least a mild deficiency in this vitamin and aren’t consuming enough through what they eat.   Vitamin D can also be increased through sunlight, but you can’t get enough to ward off disease simply by sitting outside.

There are an estimated 220 million diabetics in the world, and 90% of those suffer from Type II, or adult onset diabetes.  And while we haven’t found a cure for diabetes yet, we know for Type II diabetics that losing weight, exercising and eating properly can all the body use insulin more efficiently—which helps keep blood sugar levels down where they belong.  When a healthy lifestyle is combined with nutritional supplementation through the use of vitamin D and others, your chances of living a longer, healthier life could get even better.

Any vitamin or over the counter supplement should be discussed with your doctor before adding it to your health care plan.  Patients who take vitamin D supplements will require blood work to monitor levels and make sure your body is processing it effectively.  If you are already a patient of Dr. Hessel or thinking of scheduling your first appointment with her, make sure to ask about how vitamin supplementation could help you manage or prevent long-term health conditions like diabetes. If you are already following a supplement plan, you can also find high-quality supplements available on our website every day, whenever you need them.