Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” because people get most of their vitamin D from the sun, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 55 percent.
Over the last twenty years, Americans have developed a vitamin D deficiency, probably related to the use of sunscreen or being advised to stay out of the sun. While individuals should prevent excess sun exposure, they should also be aware that 90 percent of their vitamin D comes from sunshine and limited-time, outdoor sessions a few times a week can enhance health.
A new study from Warwick Medical School indicates that high vitamin D levels can not only aid in preventing type 2 diabetes but can also reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by nearly 35 percent. The study appears in the journal Maturitas.
While vitamin D deficiencies can lead to an increased risk of developing these diseases, the direct link between getting plenty of vitamin D and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention is not yet determined.
Health benefits of vitamin D include:
• Formation and maintenance of strong bones.
• Protection against osteoporosis and high blood pressure.
• Immune system strengthening.
• Protection against colon, breast and prostate cancers.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of type 2 diabetes as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.