Spend more time in the sun to help prevent diabetes

New research by the Washington University School of Medicine now suggests that Vitamin D plays a major role in preventing the inflammation leading to Type II diabetes and atherosclerosis, that is, the build up of fat and cholesterol along artery walls.

The findings, published in journal Cell Reports, indicate that vitamin D helps regulate glucose metabolism which may explain previous epidemiological studies identifying an increased risk of diabetes in patients with vitamin D deficiency said the senior investigator, Dr. Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi.

In other words, getting some healthy sun time (morning sun from 8 am to 10 am) and vitamin D supplements / foods (salmon, tuna) may help reduce risk factors of diabetes when coupled with healthy eating and exercise.

 

Read more on the research here.