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Vitamin D for Diverse

As I’ve written about before, vitamin D  is the current sexy vitamin.  In fact, it’s probably not a vitamin at all but a hormone that controls much of our metabolic and immune function.  New information on the wondrous web of vitamin D activities comes out all the time.What fascinated me about this article in the journal Metabolism is the implication that there is yet another area where vitamin D has a role: insulin and blood sugar metabolism.  No need to plow through the science here, unless that interests you.  The key for me is that obese children and adolescents with low vitamin D levels were at increased risk of developing insulin and blood sugar problems (prediabetic) regardless of their body fat. Yet another reason to encourage our children (and ourselves), to take regular vitamin D supplements (particularly in the less sunny months) and to get them (and ourselves), off the couch and into some activity that takes them outside regularly, thus providing nature’s winning combination, vitamin D and exercise.

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2 Responses to “Vitamin D for Diverse”

  1. on 07 May 2008 at 5:54 pm JosieD

    I’ve been told to take vitamin D-400 as it is called “the pain vitamin” – is this true?

  2. on 15 Nov 2008 at 9:37 pm Kathy B

    Is Cod Liver Oil a good source of Vitamin D that is more “natural” than taking synthetic Vitamin D? Also, are some tests better than others for testing your level of Vitamin D?

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