Lack of sunshine increases risk of diabetes

Millions of us are at risk of Type 2 diabetes because we're not getting enough vitamin D from the sun, researchers warn

Millions of us are at risk of Type 2 diabetes because we’re not getting enough vitamin D from the sun, researchers warn.

Scientists from Melbourne, Australia tested the blood of 5,200 people and found that those who had less than 50 measurement units of vitamin D per litre of blood were found to have a deficiency in the crucial vitamin.

In contrast, they found that for every extra 25 measurement units of vitamin D in the blood, the chance of getting diabetes was reduced by 24 per cent.

‘It’s hard to underestimate how important this could be,’ says Dr Ken Sikaris, co-author of the report.

Sunshine is the best source of vitamin D but many of us may not be getting enough of it. Recent reports suggest that cases of rickets are on the rise in the UK because of our lack of sunshine.

Lack of exercise and a poor diet are established can also lead to diabetes and Dr Victoria King, from Diabetes UK, told the Daily Express: ‘Until we know more, maintaining a healthy weight by keeping to a healthy diet and undertaking regular physical activity is the best way to reduce the risk.’

Further studies into the link between sunlight and diabetes are going on now.

Until then, let’s hope the sun comes out a little more …

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