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Low Vitamin D May Increase Type 1

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By Robin Wulffson MD for eMaxHealth.com

Vitamin D has been reported to decrease the risk of a number of diseases. A new study has reported a strong correlation between low Vitamin D levels and type 1 diabetes. Researchers affiliated with the Naval Research Center (San Diego, California) and the University of San Diego (La Jolla, California) published their findings in the December issue of the journal Diabetologia.

The investigators examined frozen blood samples drawn between 2002 and 2008 from 1,000 active-duty military personnel, who all later developed Type 1 diabetes. They matched each of these individuals with a sample from a healthy person of the same age and sex drawn within two days of the same date. They then tracked cases through 2011. The average elapsed time between serum collection and first diagnosis of diabetes was one year (range: 1 month to 10 years). The researchers then conducted a statistical analysis by a method known as conditional logical regression with matched pairs.

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