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Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2012 Jul;28(5):424-30. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.2290. Epub 2012 Feb 17.

Improvement of vitamin D status resulted in amelioration of biomarkers of systemic inflammation in the subjects with type 2 diabetes.

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Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



Both vitamin D deficiency and inflammation have been linked to cardiovascular disease, the major cause of death in diabetes. In this study, the effects of daily intake of vitamin D-fortified yoghourt drink (doogh) on systemic inflammatory biomarkers in subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2D) were investigated.


In this 12-week randomized controlled trial, T2D subjects received either plain doogh (PD; containing 170 mg calcium and no detectable vitamin D/250 mL, n(1) = 50) or vitamin D3-fortified doogh (FD; containing 170 mg calcium and 500 IU/250 mL, n(2) = 50) twice a day. Glycemic status, body fat mass and systemic inflammatory biomarkers including serum highly sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP), serum amyloid A (SAA), interleukin(IL)-2, IL-6, IL-10 and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α were evaluated at the beginning and after the intervention. Data were expressed as either mean ± SD or median (interquartile range) whenever they had either normal or non-normal distribution, respectively.


In the patients receiving the vitamin D fortified drink, compared with those receiving the unfortified drink, a significant increase in serum 25(OH)D was accompanied by significant changes in TNF-α (-57.9 (-264.6) versus +106.3 (683.2), p = 0.044), IL-6 (-6.3 (-69.2), p = 0.002), hsCRP (-0.39 (-1.50) versus +0.8 (1.52), p < 0.001), SAA (-14.2 ± 44.5 versus +5.6 ± 37.5 mg/L, p = 0.022) and IL-10 (+38.7 ± 157.0 versus -51.9 ± 165.2 ng/L, p = 0.013). The between-group differences of hsCRP, SAA and IL-6 changes remained significant even after controlling for changes quantitative insulin check index (p < 0.001, p < 0.001 and p = 0.009, respectively).


Improvement of vitamin D status of T2D subjects resulted in amelioration of the systemic inflammatory markers. This may have preventive implications against cardiovascular disease and other diabetic complications.


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