People with diabetes run the risk of nerve damage if they at the same time suffer from vitamin D deficiency, research suggests.
Research suggests that between 30 and 50 percent of type 2 diabetics develop nerve damage. Known as neuropathy, the symptoms can include numbness; reduced ability to feel sensations such as pain or temperature; tingling, stabbing, or burning sensations; increased sensitivity to touch; muscle weakness; and other problems. Neuropathy in diabetes is associated with high rates of illness and mortality.
Vitamin D undoubtedly plays a key role in the prevention and control of diabetes. Deficiencies of this nutrient are linked to a greater risk of developing the condition, for example, and also to eyesight threatening diabetic retinopathy. Conversely, getting enough vitamin D when young is associated with a lower risk of diabetes-related autoimmunity.
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