of Diabetes Type 1 ( IDDM) in Children with Vitamin D,
Can a few micrograms of vitamin D in
children reduce the risk of
developing insulin dependent diabetes mellitus ?
When you give young children Vitamin D supplements, then they develop
not so often diabetes type 1 as if you do not do that. This
discovery was made in
1. Why in Finland?
In Finland, many more children than in other countries of the world
develop a type 1 diabetes (IDDM). Because of this, the question why do
they develop this disease, in Finland was very important .
Finland has the highest rate of new cases of
type 1 diabetes (IDDM) in the world .
But why has just Finland the highest rate of new cases of type 1 (IDDM)
In northern Finland, the sun in December shines for just two hours.
the production of vitamin D the body needs sunshine !
3. Which way did the
researchers find out that vitamin D protects against
Researchers have observed about 12,000, in words: twelve thousand
children, who were born in 1966, and found out, that those who had
recommended amount of vitamin D , minimized the risk to develop typ 1
diabetes 80 percent compared with those who did not receive it.
4. How much vitamin
D is needed to protect a child against type 1
Nutrition experts recommend for children under six months, 8.5
micrograms ( mcg ) of vitamin D should be given per day.
that children should receive from the age of 7 months until the
of three years 7 micrograms
( mcg) Vitamin D in order to protect them
5. Is it absolutely
necessary to use exactly this amount of vitamin D
for the prevention of type 1 diabetes?
The researchers found that there also was a decrease in the risk to
develop diabetes if not exactly this amount was given to the children.
case, there was a reduction in the risk to develop diabetes if
D was added to the children. But if the vitamin D wast given in the
prescribed amount , then the risk to develop diabetes was reduced by
6. Can vitamin
deficiency in chlild hood increase the risk of developing a
diabetes later in life ?
It was found during the investigation that children that suffered
under the special
signs of vitamin D deficiency had a three times higher risk to
develop a type 1 diabetes later on in their lifes.
7. Are there any
other findings that a vitamin D deficiency increases the risk
of developing type 1 diabetes (IDDM)?
In animal experiments it was shown that a vitamin D deficiency
the risk of diabetes .
8. Why does vitamin
D help in the prevention of type 1 diabetes(IDDM) ?
It is well established scientifically that the cause of type 1 diabetes
is an abnormal immune system that attacks the body 's own cells instead
to protect the body against viruses
In the case of type 1 diabetes,
insulin-producing beta cells are not tolerated by the immunsystem.
The researchers believe that vitamin D affects the immune system and
prevents this self-destructive effect.
9. Where was
the research made, and where was the research report published?
The research was conducted by Dr Elina Hypponen of the Institute of
Psychiatry, London, and published in "The Lancet."
10. Where can you get vitamin D
Ask you your doctor or pharmacist.
Of course, there is also a plan B, I would like
to announce in
this independent counselor.
Our body can make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight itself.
therefor be recommended, to bring children outdoors into the sunshine
on a daily basis, in a careful manner of course. Then their body
can build the vitamin D needed for their present and future healt.
of vitamin D and risk of type 1 diabetes: a birth-cohort study
Published:November 03, 2001
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