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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk For Diabetes More Than Obesity

Sun exposure has more of an influence on your diabetes risk than your BMI.

You’re going to have much bigger problems, other than pale skin, if you’re vitamin D deficient according to a study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes—regardless of their weight.

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, maintain bone density and preserve muscle health. When you’re exposed to sunlight, your skin naturally produces the vitamin; the issue is most of us are in the throes of winter—more concerned with bundling our bodies than daring to bare some skin, and only a small amount is absorbed through food. But we’re looking at about 1 billion people worldwide dealing with vitamin D deficiency, according to the study.

Researchers compared vitamin D levels in lean to morbidly obese subjects, taking into account whether or not they had diabetes. Obese subjects (without any glucose metabolism disorders) had higher levels of vitamin D than diabetic subjects; likewise, lean subjects with diabetes were more likely to have low vitamin D levels. A lack of sunshine could increase our risk of diabetes more so than a high BMI. 

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