High doses of vitamin D may help reduce chronic pain symptoms in women with type 2 diabetes and depression who also have low vitamin D levels, according to a small study done by researchers at Loyola University in Illinois.

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In the study, forty-six women, with an average age of 54, took 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly for six months.

At the end of the so-called "sunshine study," the participants reported less nerve and sensory pain than they had at the beginning of the study.

Talk to your diabetes health care team—diabetes nurse educator, registered dietician—before taking vitamin or mineral supplements.

From our sister publication Diabetes Focus Spring 2014

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 03 Feb 2014

Last Modified: 03 Feb 2014