Type 2 Diabetes – Can Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Lead to Diabetes?

In October of 2017, the journal Calcified Tissue International reported on research carried out on the ideal level of vitamin D during pregnancy. Scientists at Fudan University and several other research institutions in China found low vitamin D levels were linked with the risk of developing Gestational (pregnancy-related) diabetes.

The researchers measured blood sugar levels of pregnant women at 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy and screened them for Gestational diabetes. Of 827 women 101 (12.1 percent), developed the condition. Participants were divided into quarters according to their vitamin D levels…

  • those in the quarter with the highest levels of the vitamin had the lowest rate of Gestational diabetes (3.9 percent).
  • the pregnant women in the fourth quarter, with the lowest levels of vitamin D, had the highest percentage of developing the temporary form of diabetes (26.1 percent).

Obese pregnant women with a vitamin deficiency had a higher risk of developing Gestational diabetes than normal-weight women with the recommended levels of vitamin D.

The investigators concluded measuring vitamin D levels when pregnant women first visit their obstetrician or midwife could prove helpful in predicting which women might develop diabetes during their pregnancy.

According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D for pregnant or nursing women is 600 IU (international units). Many obstetricians prescribe multivitamins for their patients. Other methods of taking in vitamin D include sun exposure and nutrition…

  • a few minutes outdoors on a sunny day without sunblock is usually enough for most people to make vitamin D. This varies with skin color, location, and method of dress.
  • foods with vitamin D include cereals and orange juice with added vitamin D, and mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light.

Allrecipes.com has a recipe for tasty sounding mushrooms that can be added to any salad. The recipe consists of…

  • vegetable oil,
  • lemon juice,
  • parsley,
  • garlic, and
  • pepper.

Coat the mushrooms with the above mixture and refrigerate them for at least four hours. Refrigeration for this time will allow the mushrooms to absorb the flavor. Perhaps a simple salad with chopped lettuce and spinach, arugula, and sunflower seeds could be used.

Lettuce is easy to grow in your home garden. Sprinkle the seeds over soft earth in a sunny place, water every day if you live in a dry climate and you will find the lettuce begin to sprout in about a week.