Gestational diabetes is one of the most common problems of pregnancy. Several studies have shown that vitamin D is beneficial for diabetes. This study looked at whether the versatile vitamin is beneficial specifically for gestational diabetes. . . .

The study was double-blind and included 133 pregnant women all of whom had gestational diabetes. The women were all in the 24th to 28th week of their pregnancies.

They were randomly divided into four groups: a placebo group, a low dose vitamin D group who took 200 IU a day, a medium dose vitamin D group who took 2,000 IU a day for 25 days, and a high dose vitamin D group who took 4,000 IU a day for 12.5 days.

In the high dose vitamin D group, insulin, insulin resistance and total cholesterol were all significantly improved. The vitamin D also significantly raised total antioxidant capacity and levels of the body’s important antioxidant, glutathione.

This study shows that 50,000 IU every two weeks significantly improves gestational diabetes (Exp Ther Med 2016;12(3):1889-95).

Another double-blind study conducted this year also found that vitamin D helps gestational diabetes.

In this study, women with gestational diabetes who were in their second trimester received either vitamin D or a placebo for 16 weeks. Fasting plasma glucose and insulin levels were “markedly lower” in the vitamin D group. Insulin resistance was also significantly improved. Total cholesterol and the bad LDL cholesterol were significantly lowered in the vitamin D group, and the ratio of total cholesterol to healthy HDL cholesterol was also significantly improved (Ann Nutr Metab 2016;68(4):285-90).

Taken together, these two double-blind studies offer hope that there safe, simple help for women with gestational diabetes.

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