Friday, March 14, 2008

Vitamin D pills may protect kids from type-1 diabetes

Vitamin D pills may protect kids from type-1 diabetes -
"...According to data from five observational studies, infants who received vitamin Dtype-1 diabetes than non-supplemented infants, reports the review in the Archives of Disease in Childhood...No randomised controlled trials were found in the literature, and the conclusions were drawn only from the five observational studies...In addition to an approximate 30 per cent reduction in the risk of developing type-1 diabetes, Zipitis and Akobeng also noted "some evidence of a dose-response effect, with those using higher amounts of vitamin D being at lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes."...They also noted that timing of the supplementation could also be a factor in the type-1 diabetes risk, with supplementation of vitamin D-rich cod liver oil between the ages of seven and 12 months at a 45 per cent lower risk, compared to infants supplemented between 0 and six months of age...The mechanism by which vitamin D supplementation may protect against the development of the disease is unclear, said the researchers, but evidence does exist that vitamin D may play a role in the immune system. There are also suggestions that vitamin D vitamin may prevent dysfunction in beta-cells (cells in the pancreas) caused by a class of proteins called cytokines...n September 2007, researchers from the University of Colorado at Denver reported that an increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources may reduce a child's risk of developing type-1 diabetes by 55 per cent..." supplements were 29 per cent less likely to develop

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