Type 2 Diabetes and Vitamin D

By stevelr Latest Reply 2012-03-30 07:12:27 -0500
Started 2012-03-19 08:32:23 -0500

I know that there has been much research about the impact of Vitamin D on Type 2 diabetes.

Well I am one of those with type 2 who has been taking Vitamin D supplements (4000 iu) per morning. As a result my glucose reading before the mornig supplement, has gone down from about 129-135 to 95-100. This is not shear coincidence/

The Vitamin D supplements were not prescribed for Diabetes but to help keep bones strong. Ergo, I got a two-for in terms of positive health results.

23 replies

stevelr 2012-03-30 07:12:27 -0500 Report

I suspect that the business about Vitamin D lowering glucose levels has got to be somewhat individualized from person to person. At least the best thing about your Vitamin D supplemental intake is that it has to have a positive impact on your bone density. Everyone reacts differently to various meds and supplements. Since I also have MS, no two people with MS have exactly the same symptoms .

Caroltoo 2012-03-27 21:09:10 -0500 Report

I've taken 2,000 IU for about a year. My doctor thought that was high when I started it, but came around to agreeing with me. Yesterday, I tried your suggestion of 4,000 IU and saw a significant drop. I also started taking Psyllium yesterday, so that could also be part of the cause.

Thanks for the suggestion.

stevelr 2012-03-27 23:47:01 -0500 Report

Carol: Glad that the increased Vitamin D has been helpful. Not only did my morning glucose reading drop to an appropriate level, my A1C is 6.2

Caroltoo 2012-03-28 12:30:39 -0500 Report

Steve: my A1c is 5.7, but I am trying to get my readings as low as possible while remaining stable within a rather narrow range. Trying to avoid both highs and lows. The low is stable at around 80, but occasionally I still have a spike around 150. I try to keep in the 80-120 range and manage this most of the time.

stevelr 2012-03-28 13:03:19 -0500 Report

So with your discipline you are in excellent position vis a vis control of your diabetes. Since we really don't have a cure, at least not yet, your numbers are a perfect goal for most if not all of us.

On another aspect of diabetes, have you been aware of the research that has been going on that would have glucose testing handled by one's spit in place of the use of a pricking of the skine?

Caroltoo 2012-03-28 14:18:54 -0500 Report

There has been some discussion onsite here of the use of both tears and saliva. I don't know much about it though. I would be happy to no longer have to puncture my body to get a reading!

stevelr 2012-03-28 18:21:46 -0500 Report

There is a photo of me on horseback but I can post another if you would like. I don't really have a double chin. Just did it for fun

Caroltoo 2012-03-28 18:50:44 -0500 Report

Wouldn't matter if you did; I was just playing too. No worries. As for a photo on horseback … where? If it's on your profile page, I can't view it because though you have twice "followed back" and Alliance has sent me an email saying we are now friends, it's never shown up on my profile page. Some of the site's settings will block a non-friend from viewing the profile pictures and data.

Caroltoo 2012-03-29 04:24:44 -0500 Report

Oh, thanks. Incidentally, I alerted Alliance to that fact that we've tried twice to friend each other and it's never taken on my profile though I have received their email that it happened. They may contact you, but I'd guess they will just go back in their electronic tracking.

Had fun playing cards tonight. When I came in at 11:30, W greeted me with "Did you have fun? When's dinner?" Ah … about 5 hours ago. Can't imagine being blind and so out of touch … sad.

stevelr 2012-03-29 04:30:54 -0500 Report

Carol; I truly understand how tough it is and has been for you. Wish that there was some way for me to lessen the sadness

Caroltoo 2012-03-29 04:32:58 -0500 Report

Having friends I can share it with openly … not having to worry about sounding politically correct about the pain and stress … is very helpful. I appreciate it, Steve.

stevelr 2012-03-29 05:25:44 -0500 Report

Well Carol you do indeed have a friend in me and not just on DC.
Nowadays very little is politically correct, especially in politics.

Caroltoo 2012-03-20 10:57:53 -0500 Report

There are two other recent discussions that I started on the subject of Vitamin D, in general, and Vit D3, specifically. You might find some interesting responses there also.

flipmom 2012-03-20 10:51:06 -0500 Report

I was vitamin D deficient when I was diagnosed with diabetes… wonder if its related…

stevelr 2012-03-20 14:01:44 -0500 Report

To your question, it is possible. We are finding out a great deal more about the positive impact of Vitamin D on any number of diseases. Have you raised this question with your doctor and does she/he prescribe adding Vitamin D supplements to your regimen? Adding a reasonable level of Vitamin D can't hurt and may help.