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A 44-year-old male asked:

hba1c was found 6.1 and vitamin d level was found less than 5ngm/ml. does taking vitamin d supplements cures my case of being prediabete. thx?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Vitamin D cure?: Your being pre-diabetic will not be solved by vitamin d supplements. If you have risk factors for diabetes such as obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise, modification of those will be better than taking vitamin d. As your vitamin d2 level is low, supplemental vitamin d is needed and not for the prevention of diabetes. Speak to your physician about your problem.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Do it anyway: It actually may help, but do it for your own sake. Today's "healthy lifestyles" (limited diet, lack of sunlight) has created an epidemic of vitamin d deficiency. Try to keep your glucose tolerance up by getting back into the intense aerobic-fitness-focused lifestyle you cherished as a teen. Best wishes.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
The scientific community is divided as to whether treating vitamin D deficiency will help prediabetes, but you'll want to comply with other lifestyle suggestions from your physician. Here's the case for a link: http://www.dmsjournal.com/content/5/1/8
Feb 16, 2014
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
No: They are separate issues. You still would have to follow your diet and exercise and weight loss if advised to avoid development of diabetes and take the vit d supplement given by your doctor.

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