Helskinki: Scientists have discovered that higher levels of vitamin D may offer protection against tyep 2, adult onset diabetes.
Several thousand people, aged 40 to 74, were monitored over a 22-year-period, during which time 412 developed the disease.
Results showed that those with higher levels of vitamin D had the lower risk of diabetes. In particular, men with the highest blood level of the vitamin were 72 per cent less likely to develop the disease.
It is thought that low levels of vitamin D affect the body’s ability to produce insulin.
Vitamin D is produced naturally in the body by sunlight and it is also found in certain foods such as oily fish.
Diabetes is a growing problem, particularly in ageing adults and those who are overweight, particularly with high levels of belly fat are most at risk.