NIH-funded research tests much-touted vitamin in people with prediabetes
The need for this study
Staten: Vitamin D use has sharply increased in the United States as there has been a lot of reports about potential benefits of vitamin D to prevent diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many other health conditions. And it’s important to really answer the question: does vitamin D have these effects or is it just a suggestion.
Eligible study participants
Staten: Adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes are eligible. And by risk for diabetes, I mean that their blood sugars are a little higher than normal but not high enough to meet the criteria for diagnosis for type 2 diabetes.
Hope to learn
Staten: We hope to definitively answer the question, will taking vitamin D supplements reduce a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Potential Positive Results
Staten: If the results are positive vitamin D could be an affordable option that people could take to reduce the risk for developing diabetes.