Can Vitamin D help Women with Diabetes?

Researchers have demonstrated that vitamin D could address both pain and depression in women with diabetes, giving some hope to these patients.

Earlier this year, researchers from Loyola University in Chicago determined that weekly vitamin D-2 supplementation could decrease depression in women with diabetes. They further showed that it has the capacity to relieve some neuropathic and sensory pain.

Participants in this study, diagnosed with diabetes and depression, received weekly doses of vitamin D-2 for 24 weeks. After six months, participants reported "significant improvement" in the peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling) in their hands, legs and fingers, as well as a decrease in depression.

Researchers, encouraged by these findings, have undertaken a similar trial using vitamin D-3 to see whether it can achieve even better outcomes in this patient population.

"Pain is a common and often serious problem for women with type 2 diabetes and depression," according to Todd Doyle, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a fellow at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. "While further research is needed, D-2 supplementation is a promising treatment for both pain and depression in type 2 diabetes."

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The study found that depression and pain were improved in diabetic women who took vitamin D.