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How can Vitamin D reduce the occurrence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease?

It is understood that low levels of vitamin D can be associated with an increased incidence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. However there is uncertainty among healthcare professionals regarding the optimal level of vitamin D.

Dr Helen Wallace was funded by HSC R&D Division to look at the effect of giving vitamin D supplements to people who are at high risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The research study included a clinical trial involving 66 patients. The findings from this study provide necessary information to healthcare professionals on the amount of vitamin D supplements that are appropriate for this high-risk patient group. It is hoped that if this guidance can be implemented it may reduce the occurrence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The researchers are very grateful to all the participants who took part in this research.

 

For more information on this study or other studies funded by HSC R&D Division please contact enquiry.rdpha@hscni.net