According to research conducted at Ohio State University, serum vitamin D levels in African Americans are associated with diabetes risk.
As part of two studies, the findings were published in Nutrition & Diabetes and BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.
Both studies involved the examination of data of more than 3,300 African American participants from 2000 to 2004.
“Our studies suggest that higher levels of vitamin D in African Americans may protect against the development of diabetes,” said one lead researcher in a news release.
“It’s been known for some time that low levels of vitamin D in the blood—measured as 25(OH)D—are associated with an increased risk of diabetes in White populations, but our research strongly suggests that this relationship also holds true for African Americans,” another co-author stated in the news release.