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Risk For Type 1 Diabetes May Be Increased By Low Vitamin D Levels

Having adequate levels of vitamin D during young adulthood may reduce the risk of adult-onset type 1 diabetes by as much as 50%, according to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The findings, if confirmed in future studies, could lead to a role for vitamin D supplementation in preventing this serious autoimmune disease in adults. The study was published online and will appear in the March 1 print edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology. 



"It is surprising that a serious disease such as type 1 diabetes could perhaps be prevented by a simple and safe intervention," said lead author Kassandra Munger, research associate in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH. 



This study provides the strongest findings to date to suggest that vitamin D may be protective against type 1 diabetes.


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