Diabetes and Vitamin D | US based doctor shares importance of vitamin D and foods to eat for insulin absorption | Health News, Times Now


Diabetes Management is essential but controlling blood sugar levels is not just about cutting sugars. Dr. Palaniappan shares the importance of checking your Vitamin D levels, how they contribute to effective insuline absorption and foods like Mushrooms that are a rich natural source of this essential nutirent.


Updated Jan 23, 2023 | 01:28 PM IST

Vitamin Diabetes Mellitus or Type 2 Diabetes is an increasing health concern. Changing lifesyles have only made matters worse and this disorder is now seen as the primary health concern for the population. Though scary, the disease can be effectively managed. But doctors point out the one thing most diabetics or people at large, do not understand about Insulin Absorption in the body.

Speaking on the matter, Dr Manickam shares the importance of Vitamin D and the role it plays in effective management of Diabetes. Not just diabetics, he recommends all to understand the role of this micro-nutrient in insulin absorption and effective functioning of our body. In fact, risk of developing insulin resistance increases if your Vitamin D levels dip. Vitamin D3 in particular is known to act as a protective factor in the occurrence of insulin resistance as it works wonders to reduce inflammation which is associated with diabetes risk and other chronic and acute diseases.

How much vitamin D does one need in a day?


In the video, Dr Manickam revealed that ideally adults need 600 units of vitamin D3 in a day. He advises non-vegetarians to eat fish and vegetarians to consume mushrooms. And being a nutrient which the body can create itself by exposing the skin to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, the expert recommended exposing the back, legs, face and arms to the sun without wearing a sunscreen for 30 minutes twice a day.

The role of vitamin D in diabetes management


Citing an increasing incidence of vitamin D deficiency and diabetes globally, the expert stressed on importance of getting more of it either through supplements but preferably through dietary sources.

Dr Manickam, in the video, explained that vitamin D increases the number of insulin pathways in the body which lets the cells absorb carbs and sugar better to prevent blood sugar spikes. Some of the best dietary sources of vitamin D are:

  1. Egg yolks
  2. Salmon
  3. Mackerel
  4. Sardines
  5. Mushrooms
  6. Milk

Low levels of the nutrient and vitamin D deficiency can result in the following symptoms:


  1. Depression
  2. Fatigue
  3. Not getting enough sleep
  4. Muscle weakness
  5. Bone pain
  6. Hair loss
  7. Loss of appetite
  8. Falling sick too often

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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