Volume 1, Issue 10
November 13, 2008

Slash your risk for diabetes

by 62% with one vitamin

If diabetes runs in your family, your doctor may tell you your risk is extremely high for getting the disease. But type-2 diabetes is 100% preventable – regardless of your family history. And now there’s evidence that you can prevent it with one vitamin.

The Archives of Internal Medicine recently published a study that proves the power of this one vitamin.

Lead author Anne-Helen Harding from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, said the researchers observed a “strong independent association” between this vitamin and preventing diabetes.

The new study followed 21,831 men and women for 12 years. The men and women had an average age of 58.4 years at the start of the study. During this period, 735 of these people developed diabetes.  Harding and her co-workers examined the blood levels of vitamin C in everyone. What they discovered was astonishing.

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They found that the men and women with the highest blood levels (at least 1.10 and 1.29 mg/dL, respectively) had a 62% reduction in their risk of developing type-2 diabetes, compared to men and women with the lowest blood levels (less than 0.56 and 0.77 mg/dL, respectively).  This finding was completely independent of all of the other factors associated with diabetes, including race, weight, lifestyle, etc. In other words, this was purely due to the effect of the additional vitamin C.  Now here's what's really remarkable about this finding.

The normal range of vitamin C is between 0.4 and 2 mg/dl. That's a huge range! Even if your levels were in range for the general population (greater than 0.4), you would not have enough vitamin C to prevent diabetes.

In fact, in order to have the full diabetes preventing benefit of vitamin C, you would have to have a blood level that is at least greater than the midway point of the normal range.  How do you get that?

Let me suggest that one really easy way is to take a regular vitamin C supplement. I have been recommending that all of my patients take at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C each day. This is about 150 times the RDA (recommended daily allowance). And it’s an easy and completely safe way to put you over the 1.29 mg/dl mark. It will also reduce your risk of developing diabetes by a whopping 62%.

Finding your Real Cures,

Frank Shallenberger, MD



Harding A, Wareham NJ, Bingham SA, et al. Plasma Vitamin C Level, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, and the Risk of New-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus - The European Prospective Investigation of Cancer - Norfolk Prospective Study. Archives of Internal Medicine. Volume 168, Number 14, Pages 1493-1499.

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