Vitamin D and T1 Diabetes - Can we prevent it?

One of the most interesting scientific lectures about T1 development and its relation to vitamin D. It may even be the key to prevent T1 development in children of T1 diabetics. Thanks to Ted Hutchinson for posting the link to this video in the forum.

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Comment by Holger Schmeken on August 11, 2011 at 12:33am
@Lisa: I think we all received vitamin D drops. But the study in finland showed that the dosage will have an impact on the number of incidents. This is a game with likelyhood. The more vitamin D or sun the less likely. Still people in sunny states get T1 because the likelyhood is not 0.

@Roop: the likelyhood for a child from a T1 parent to develop full grown T1 is not high: around 5%. So it is less likely that our children will get T1. Very likely we will pass the genetics of being prone to autoimmune related problems though. On the other hand the argument with likelyhood does not help much if it happens. Just take a look at the "Oh Baby" group and you will see that T1 and pregnancy will work with great success (and efford of course). Really I do not see any reason why this should not work. Please work on your control if you think your current levels will be dangerous for a pregnancy.
Comment by Roop on August 10, 2011 at 8:02pm
I am a T1 diabetic with no prior family history of it in my family...I'm married and would love to have children
but am terrified about the whole process from beginning to end and how my diabetes will affect the pregnancy, the baby and myself. How common is it for a child of a T1 to end up getting T1?
Comment by Lisa L. on August 10, 2011 at 6:32pm
Interesting. I had my BF daughter on vitamin D drops for about a year when we lived in MN. In South America, she gets lots of sun year round, and we've had her levels tested each year, so I'm not as concerned. Just today, the little stinker stripped her clothes off outside and was playing in her underwear- only for about 15 minutes, but we get a lot of exercise and a decent amount of sun (and it's winter now).

Plus, I may be a little pessimistic here, but I am a child of a type 1, was breast-fed, and received vitamin D drops as an infant (as was my older brother) and we both have type 1. We did grow up in Minnesota and spent 6 months of every year indoors, though!
Comment by Scott Strumello on March 10, 2010 at 5:25pm
In March 2010, the Chicago Tribune featured an interesting article entitled "Vitamin D shows promise but research still lagging". I am not suggesting that research for or against vitamin D is invalid, only that there is a lot of conflicting evidence on this subject, and using the earlier comparison with excitement with vitamin E should serve as a relevant example that until there is a clear consensus on this subject, it may not do anything beneficial to add many vitamin D supplements. Just food for thought ...
Comment by Cason on February 25, 2010 at 2:07pm
Thanks for posting! I just watched it and enjoyed it. I also gave my kids their vit D while watching it! Will start doing that more religiously than I am now.

Marps: There is definitely some that believe vaccines can be the trigger. It's something that has made it very difficult for me to decide what to do for my children.
Comment by Pauly on February 22, 2010 at 10:14pm
Thanks for posting this. Very interesting Holger.
Comment by Marps on February 22, 2010 at 10:37am
I am a supporter of the theory that a vaccine caused my T1D. I have no genes to cause T1D in my family. In my area, the Northeast USA, there are many T1Ds who were diagnosed in their teens (aged 14) with no history of T1D om their families.

We have a lot of pollution here. I was diagnosed in the Fall of 1998. I was showing symptoms 2 years prior to diagnosis, also in the Fall of 1996.

Our temperatures go down in the negative degrees Farenheit. I thought lower temperatures tend to preserve bacteria. Like the reason we keep things in the refrigerator versus leaving it on the counter.

Even on a sunny day, we still have pretty scattered and thick clouds. And the humidity and haze is very very thick on a summer day.

I was severely underweight when I was diagnosed, was a physically active kid, and I'm whiter than the color white.

Department of Defense- proof that T1Ds can't serve in our military. I've discussed this a few times in other forums. I tried to enlist a few years ago and they declined me.

Adding Vitamin D supplements will reduce risk by 33%. That's enormous.
My mother was a big fish oil supplement consumer. During pregnancy and after.

This guy is a really good public speaker.
Thanks for posting this Holger



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