Vitamin D could be diabetes guard for children

Mon, 14 Apr 2008
Experts indicate that taking regular vitamin D throughout early childhood could help to protect against diabetes . Vitamin D supplements, the experts say, could guard against type 1 diabetes development.

Researchers found that those children who were given additional vitamin D were as much as 80 per cent less likely to develop the disease. The more regular the dose, the lower the likelihood of developing type 1 .

The research followed 12,000 children in Finland . The research team believe that the vitamin could work as an immuno-suppressant.

Diabetes UK, the leading UK diabetes charity that analysed the studies, indicated that the findings need further research.
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