Got Diabetes? This Vitamin Could Save Your Life

Recent research reveals that vitamin D deficiency is strongly linked to increased death in adults and is particularly associated with diabetes-related deaths. These findings are especially worrisome for black people who are disproportionately affected by vitamin D deficiency and type 2 diabetes.

Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin because it can be made in the skin after exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is primarily attributed to lifestyle and environmental factors that reduce exposure to sunlight.

However, black people are at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency because of pigmentation. Dark skin tone can reduce vitamin D production in the skin by over 90 percent. There is also evidence that links vitamin D deficiency to reduced insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

The amount of vitamin D you need each day depends on your age. Recommended intake for adults between the

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