Vitamin D: Effect on Diabetes posted on July 5, 2011 diabetesvitamin d Share this Post Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Plus We have long discussed the various benefits of Vitamin D, and now there is another component that needs to be highlighted. A study was just completed and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition June 29, 2011, showing the benefits of Vitamin D in patients that are high risk for diabetes. In the study, patients were administered 2000IU of Vitamin D over a 16 week period improved pancreas production of insulin in response to circulating glucose. The study showed a very positive effect on the use of Vitamin D for adults at high risk for diabetes. However, the study has some gaps that still need explained or further examined. The patients enrolled in the study had a baseline Vitamin D level of of 24 ng/ml, and after 16 weeks, it only rose to 31 ng/ml with a dose of 2000IU daily. In layman’s terms, the dose of Vitamin D given to the patients was simply too low. These patients, in my opinion, should have been receiving 5000IU of Vitamin D per day. Furthermore, the time length of the study was too short. If they would have increase the dosage and examined the results over a longer period of time, the Vitamin D level would have been something closer to 40-50 ng/ml. Essentially, the results would have been more profound and dramatic. Nonetheless, Len and I have spoken about the benefits of Vitamin D since 2004 and research continues to validate our own thoughts over the years. This is just one component of Vitamin D; we will be exploring the other benefits of Vitamin D in the future.