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Higher Vitamin D Levels Decrease The Risk Of Adult-Onset Type 1 Diabetes

February 4, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who studied health data collected from eight million active-duty U.S. military personnel beginning in the 1980s found a significant association between adequate levels of dietary vitamin D and a reduced risk of adult-onset type 1 – or insulin-dependent – diabetes. The researchers said that the risk of type 1 diabetes seems to be higher even at vitamin D levels commonly regarded as normal. This suggests that a substantial proportion of the population could benefit from increased vitamin D intake.
Kassandra L. Munger et al., "Preclinical Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Levels and Risk of Type 1 Diabetes in a Cohort of U.S. Military Personnel", American Journal of Epidemiology, February 04, 2013, © Munger et al.
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