Vitamin D & Magnesium Levels Possibly Suggestive of Diabetes
The Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research recently published findings associating reduced levels of vitamin D and magnesium with increased insulin resistance. The findings occurred while looking at diabetic individuals and reduced levels of vitamin D, calcium and magnesium.
The study compared 30 diabetic men and women with 30 non-diabetic men and women as a comparison group. Each individual received fasting blood samples to analyze glucose (sugar), insulin levels, vitamin D3 and insulin resistance. Vitamin D3, calcium and magnesium levels were significantly lower in the diabetic group compared to the non-diabetics. Fasting glucose, insulin and insulin resistance levels were also greater in those with diabetes.
Higher insulin levels are seen in individuals with insulin resistance as they work to secrete more insulin to keep glucose (sugar) levels from rising too high. This process continues until the pancreas is no long able to produce insulin and at that point, the body requires outside sources of insulin to help control the glucose levels.
J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 Nov 7 (11):2438-41