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Vitamin D Part 2

This week we are looking at the role Vitamin D can play as intervention for preventing diabetes by helping us regulate our blood sugar. We will dive into this topic to give a brief understanding on how this critical vitamin contributes to the big picture of our overall health!

Recently, it has been reported that Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Low levels of Vitamin D show a correlation to decreases in insulin secretion in the body. We need insulin to be present to manage our blood sugar. Furthermore, it can cause us to be more insulin resistant which not only means we have less to use but what we do have is less effective. Bad combination.

An American diet driven by fast food, gas stations and sugary beverages can complicate this situation right? We can add that onto the prevalence of sedentary lifestyles and limited time outside in the sun (where most of our Vitamin D can be received naturally) and you can see how this begins to snowball quickly.

The takeaway? It once again circles back to nutrition! Vitamin D is a versatile supplement and powerhouse addition to our diets. It can be challenging to consume the appropriate amount through foods which is why using it as a supplement can be important. This is why nutrition should be a cornerstone of your approach to better health and performance in the gym.

Nutrition first, supplements second.

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