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Nutrition and Functional Foods for Healthy Aging by Ronald Ross Watson

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Chapter 12

Vitamin D and Diabetes in Elderly People

Nicola Veronese1, Enzo Manzato1,2 and Giuseppe Sergi1,    1University of Padova, Padova, Italy,    2National Research Council, Padova, Italy

Abstract

Hypovitaminosis D and diabetes are common conditions in the elderly. An increasing body of literature is suggesting that hypovitaminosis D could be a risk factor for diabetes, but the evidence in older people is limited. In this chapter, we summarize the current epidemiological research on hypovitaminosis D and diabetes in the elderly, showing that an association between them is unlikely in this age group. Similar results emerged from clinical trials on vitamin D supplementation used to improve blood glucose parameters. Several factors, including ...

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