You may want to fill up on more sweet potatoes, butternut squash and those dark leafy greens. That’s because a lack of vitamin A – usually found in these foods – could be behind type 2 diabetes.

A new study by New York’s Weill Cornell Medical College, published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, has revealed that a vitamin A deficiency is a potential driver of type 2 diabetes. In fact, the findings could open the door to new treatments for the condition.

The link between dietary vitamin A and insulin

Around 95 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes is type 2, making it the most common form of diabetes in the United States. The condition is marked by insulin resistance for the most part. That’s when insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas are no longer able to function efficiently.
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