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According to a new study, vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with type 2 diabetes and may be linked to poor blood sugar control. The study was announced at The Endocrine Society’s 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.
A remarkable 91% of the type 2 diabetics studied had either vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency, as measured by blood tests. Researchers also found that patients with lower levels of vitamin D showed higher average blood sugar levels.
“Since primary care providers diagnose and treat most patients with type 2 diabetes, screening and vitamin D supplementation as part of routine primary care may improve health outcomes of this highly prevalent condition,” said Esther Krug, M.D., co-author of the study. Dr. Krug is assistant professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an endocrinologist at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore.
Only about 6% of the study participants were taking vitamin D supplements.
The study evaluated 124 patients, age 36 to 89, with type 2 diabetes.