The Role of Vitamin D in the Health of Hispanic Adults With Diabetes Journal Article

Authors: Castro, Judith Priscilla; Penckofer, Sue
Article Title: The Role of Vitamin D in the Health of Hispanic Adults With Diabetes
Abstract: The highest prevalence of low vitamin D levels are among Hispanics and non-Hispanic Blacks. Evidence suggests that low vitamin D levels may contribute to increased risk for diabetes and its complications. Hispanics are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency. To address the relationship between vitamin D, diabetes, and Hispanics, this research is described. Evidence supports an association between low vitamin D and risk for diabetes, but there remains insufficient evidence to suggest whether treatment of low vitamin D can prevent or improve diabetes. In addition, there is limited research regarding vitamin D deficiency in the Hispanic population. Factors such as obesity, dark skin pigmentation, northern geographical latitude, and prevalence of renal insufficiency may place Hispanics at greater risk for low vitamin D levels. Nurses need to understand the signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency and treatment recommendation guidelines, which are also described. This information will allow nurses to improve die health outcomes and decrease the disparities amongst adult Hispanics with diabetes.
Journal Title: Hispanic Health Care International
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
ISSN: 1540-4153
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Inc  
Journal Place: New York, New York
Date Published: 2014
Start Page: 90
End Page: 98
Language: English
Notes: ID: 107856974
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