A Common Vitamin Deficiency May Raise Your Diabetes Risk More Than Obesity

A Common Vitamin Deficiency May Raise Your Diabetes Risk More Than Obesity

Lose weight: It’s the go-to recommendation for preventing diabetes.

 But according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, it may not be enough. Vitamin D deficiency also appears to increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes — no matter your weight.

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 9.3 percent of the population. Another 86 million have prediabetes, and up to 30 percent of them will develop Type 2 diabetes in the next five years. In Type 2 diabetes, the body cannot properly use insulin, resulting in chronically high blood sugar levels. Blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and loss of toes, feet or legs are common side effects.

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