Low Vitamin D Apparently Linked to T1 Diabetes

The New York Times has really been irritating me lately… especially with them posting the photo of the man on the train tracks, saying he was about to die! Well now, apparently, they feel more superior to medical doctors and endocrinologists as well. NY Post wants me to feel like they are so special, that they have found the cure for diabetes! Come on — please!

In an article posted on November 26th, getting and/or having diabetes is now being blamed on low levels of vitamin D levels in the body. “Researchers” did a study on a bunch of active duty military personal between 2004 and 2008 and checked their vitamin D levels. “Compared with those who had vitamin D levels above 40 nomograms per millilitre of blood, those with readings of 17 nomograms or less were more than three times as likely to develop Type 1 diabetes, the researchers found.” Oh please!!

What I don’t understand is how come so many military personal are coming home and discovering that they have Type 1 Diabetes? First of all, the percentages of getting Type 1 Diabetes are much smaller than Type 2 Diabetes. Secondly, Type 1 Diabetes is usually discovered when people are of younger age, children mostly. Yes those in active duty for the military may be young — 18 years of age or older — but compared with the general population of those who get Type 1 Diabetes, they are old.

The only thing I can really see playing a factor in this study is the stress that these military guys are under. I have no family history of diabetes, yet somehow I developed it at 9 years of age. My doctors claimed that I developed Type 1 Diabetes due to the stress I was under. What stress could a 9-year-old be under? Stresses from the divorce of my parents, being the oldest child, watching and occupying my sisters and infant brother. Could it be possible that the stress of being in the military added to the reality of them becoming a Type 1 Diabetic?

The article also states that none of the tests were done irregularly. “The study is not a randomized trial, and the finding is an association that does not prove causation.” How often would you check all miliary men for their vitamin D levels? Ok, fine, whatever you’d like to say NY Post.

If you’d like to read the article I am referring to, please click here.

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