Apart from affecting bone health, causing osteoporosis and irregularities in the immune and nervous system, low levels of vitamin D could cause diabetes too, say the sceintists behind a recent study. The scientists pointed out that the deficiency could have an adverse effect on the the pancreatic beta-cell function and insulin action leading to high sugar levels.

Elaborating on the effects on expecting mothers with the deficiency, the scientists concluded that the babies of such women run a high risk of developing Type 1 diabetes. The doctors said that early medical intervention among children can reduce the risk of Type 1 diabetes by a good 29 per cent.

With 85 per cent of UAE’s population suffering from Vitamin D deficiency, in spite of the abundance of sunshine, the main source of vitamin D and about 19 per cent of the population being diabetic, the findings have serious implication for the residents.