Information on potential benefits of vitamin D has been making headlines for the past few years. Researchers at Tufts University are now finding that adequate blood levels of vitamin D may help keep people who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes from developing the disease.
It’s best practice to rely on food sources of vitamin D to try to meet your goal. Some research shows that the body is able to utilize vitamin D more effectively when it’s in food, rather than a supplement. If you are overweight, it’s still possible that your body is not getting enough of this very important nutrient–even if you are eating adequate dietary vitamin D.
If you have pre-diabetes or have risk factor for developing diabetes, ask your doctor if he could order the lab that determines the vitamin D level in your blood. Don’t supplement on your own; your physician can then determine if supplementation is warranted and how much vitamin D is needed. Read more about the importance of vitamin D, how much you need and find foods that are high in vitamin D.