Is There a Connection Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Diabetic Kidney Disease

ssPeople who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are known to have the tendency toward low vitamin D levels. Nephropathy, or kidney disease, is a complication of diabetes. Could the two be related? That’s what investigators at Qilu Hospital of Shandong University and several other research centers in Jinan, China, set out to learn.

Their study, reported on in the Journal of Medical Research in March 2016, included…

  • 240 participants with diabetic nephropathy and
  • 60 healthy participants.

Vitamin D levels were lower in the participants diagnosed with diabetic nephropathy than in the healthy participants. Vitamin D levels were correlated with several factors…

  • age
  • gender
  • the length of time with Type 2 diabetes
  • body mass index (height to weight ratio)
  • blood pressure
  • fasting blood sugar
  • HbA1c (sugar in red blood cells)
  • diabetic retinopathy, a type of eye disease

It was concluded the factors above all indicated a vitamin D deficiency. Age and gender are things we can do little about. We can stave off Type 2 diabetes, perhaps indefinitely, by maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program. Which leads us to BMI…

  • a BMI of 25 or under helps to prevent the development of Type 2 diabetes.
  • a blood pressure of 110 over 70 will not only help protect your kidneys but contributes to keeping your heart and brain safe as well.
  • eating healthy whole foods,
  • avoiding being overweight or obese, and
  • getting adequate physical activity help to lower blood pressure levels.

Failing that, see your physician for blood pressure medication, and take it as directed.

Fasting blood sugar and HbA1c readings are both indicators of diabetes control, which is a function of a healthy eating plan and exercise. Talk to your physician for guidance re a balanced eating plan and a suitable exercise routine. Diabetic retinopathy, or eye disease, is another indicator of Type 2 diabetes out of control.

Vitamin D helps the intestine to absorb several minerals…

  • calcium
  • phosphorus
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • phosphate
  • zinc.

These minerals are important for building bone, maintaining a healthy balance of interior body molecules, and building red blood cells.

Signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are…

  • tiredness
  • general aches and pains
  • bone pain.

The US Department of Agriculture recommends 600 IU of vitamin D per day for healthy people between 1 and 70 years of age, including pregnant or breastfeeding. mothers. For individuals over 70 the recommended amount is 800 IU per day. Ask your physician how much of the vitamin you might need.

Some sources of vitamin D include…

  • sunlight
  • ultraviolet-irradiated mushrooms
  • enriched orange juice
  • enriched cereals (check the label)
  • supplements.

Whether you are getting enough vitamin D, either through sun exposure, food or supplementation, is a question for everyone to consider.