Combined supplementation with vitamin D and calcium may improve blood sugar and insulin levels. There are conflicting opinions about the value and risks of calcium supplements for diabetics. “According to an Insulin Resistance Atherosclerosis Study (IRAS), high calcium serum concentrations are associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes.”
One person said, “My mom’s geriatric doctor stopped her calcium supplements all together. She said that by your 30s your body/bones will absorb all the calcium it can, and after that it’s done.”
Other studies say that “vitamin D and calcium insufficiency may negatively influence glycemia, whereas combined supplementation with both nutrients may be beneficial in optimizing glucose metabolism.” Another reports that “zinc, calcium, and magnesium cut chances of type 2 diabetes; and calcium intake by men and women and high vitamin D levels in men lowered insulin levels, in three studies.”
DISCLAIMER: Consult your doctor before changing your calcium supplement protocol.
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A Warning About Calcium Supplements
Women who take calcium supplements in addition to having a high-calcium diet may be at increased risk of death from all causes, and particularly from cardiovascular disease.
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