Lack of exposure to Sun and vitamin D levels may play a strong role in increasing risk of type 1 diabetes in children, according to new findings by researchers at the Moores Cancer Center at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
The researchers found that populations living at or near the equator, where there is abundant sunshine (and ultraviolet B irradiance) have low incidence rates of type 1 diabetes. Conversely, populations at higher latitudes, where available sunlight is scarcer, have higher incidence rates. These findings add new support to the concept of a role of vitamin D in reducing risk of this disease.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure triggers photosynthesis of vitamin D3 in the skin. This form of vitamin D also is available through diet and supplements. Vitamin D (ie, our skin’s response to Sunshine) is in many ways a miracle drug. Some of the benefits of Vitamin D are:
1. lowers risk of many cancers
2. lowers depression
3. prevents osteoporosis
4. combats heart disease
5. protects against diabetes
If you live in northern latitudes, work indoors, are overweight or have dark skin, then Vitamin D is extra crucial for your health.
Vitamin D is super cheap: a bottle will cost you $5-$10, and last a few months.
You can accomplish this long before there is single payer, universal health insurance in the US to pay for you to be held together with the medical equivalent of paperclips and rubber bands.