Vitamin D is a type of vitamin that your body makes whenever you expose it to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Vitamin D has powerful functions and benefits, but most people are unaware of them because they aren’t receiving enough vitamin D in their diets. Although everyone should be aware of the remarkable and helpful ways vitamin D can help keep your body healthy while also protecting against physical problems and potential diseases, it’s especially critical for persons with diabetes to know about a vital reason why they should make sure they are consuming enough vitamin D.
Vitamin D can help prevent a severe diabetic problem, according to a new research.
Researchers examined 339 endocrine patients from the Dept. of Endocrinology in Beijing, China in a study published by Research Square. All of the patients were over 60 years old and had type 2 diabetes, while 204 suffered from diabetic foot ulcers.
According to a recent study, 80.5% of the studied patients had insufficient vitamin D levels. Furthermore, 85% of diabetic foot ulcers were associated with a vitamin D deficiencies, while another 13% were low enough in vitamin D levels to be described as inadequate. Only 2% of those suffering from foot ulcers had adequate vitamin D levels in their bodies.
“I wasn’t surprised by the results since vitamin D has a significant role in lowering inflammation and promoting immune health,” says Johna Burdeos.
Dr. Burdeos adds that, “as with any type of wound, there is a risk of infection.” Simultaneously, “a person with vitamin D deficiency might have inadequate immune strength to resist infection, which can lead to the diabetic foot ulcer progressing from the early stages of inflammation to gangrene or tissue death due to infection.”
This is why Burdeos emphasizes, “People who suffer from diabetes, especially older people, should have their vitamin D deficiency assessed and discussed with their physician if necessary.”
According to Burdeos, “those with diabetes need to follow up on a regular basis with their medical team—physician and diabetes educator.” Education and control of the condition are “crucial components” of diabetes prevention. In diabetic foot ulcers, education and diabetes management may help people avoid losing a limb.