For starters, one of the best ways to absorb the vitamin is natural sunlight. There’s also the fact that it isn’t found in many foods, aside from fatty fish, egg yolks, or products that have been fortified with the supplement.
In fact, many would argue, vitamin D doesn’t have a lot in common with other vitamins because it’s synthesized by the body.
It’s worth noting that vitamin D-3 (the natural version of vitamin D) is included on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines, a list of medications needed in order for a health system to be safe and effective.
Multivitamins, meanwhile aren’t even recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
A study published last month in PLOS One found that people with vitamin D deficiency could face a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Researchers studied healthy, older adults with no prior warning signs of diabetes or prediabetes. Over a 12-year period, many participants developed diabetes or prediabetes.
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