Hour of sun a day could cut type 2 diabetes risk in half

Tue, 16 Feb 2010
High levels of Vitamin D, associated with sunshine, could cut the risk of older people developing diabetes and heart disease by almost half. The most comprehensive study of evidence to date indicates that eating a healthy diet including fatty fish, and going out into direct sunshine for half an hour each week could keep levels of vitamins topped up.

The research was conducted at the University of Warwick, where a team of experts analysed 28 studies involving almost 100,000 people. The team concluded that middle-aged and elderly people with high levels of Vitamin D in their bloodstream lowered their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes by 43 per cent.

The studies analysed were conducted between 1990 and 2009. As well as being available through sunshine, Vitamin D is also obtainable through some foods . The Vitamin has long been associated with bone health .
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