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Vitamin D Supplementation for Type 2 Diabetic Women

Dec 12, 2013

Weekly vitamin D supplements may help curb pain and depression….

Investigators from the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine recently presented their findings regarding vitamin D supplementation and women with type 2 diabetes at the on-campus research findings event. They discovered that with one weekly supplementation of 50,000 IU Vitamin D2 over the course of six months, women reportedly had decreased depression as well as neuropathic and sensory pain. These reports of lessened depression and pain were found at both the 3 month and the 6 month mark.

Considering that this is an essential nutrient with no adverse effects to its supplementation, these initial reports seem promising. These initial studies have led to funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct further trials comparing the effect that different dosages of Vitamin D3 may have on female patients with depression and type 2 diabetes.

This research suggests that recommending Vitamin D supplementation in female patients with type 2 diabetes may be beneficial. The main source of vitamin is sunlight, but other sources include eggs, fish, fortified milks and cereals, and supplements.

Practice Pearls:

  • Supplementation with 50,000 IU Vitamin D2 once weekly may reduce pain and depression in type 2 diabetic women.
  • Patients reported decreased pain and depression at both 3 months and 6 months with Vitamin D2 supplementation.
  • Sources of Vitamin D include sunlight, fish, eggs, fortified milks, fortified cereals, and supplements.