Vitamin D Suppresses Inflammatory Condition in Insulin Resistance

Rona Kartika(1*), Heri Wibowo(2)

(1) Master Program in Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia
(2) Parasitology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia
(*) Corresponding Author


Vitamin D has been known as a vitamin for bone health and mineral homeostasis. However, since the discovery of vitamin D receptor (VDR) in various types of cell, that statement has changed. Immune cells are known to express vitamin D receptor (VDR) and enzyme 1α-hydroxylase that could convert vitamin D into its active form, 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D. In immune cells, vitamin D works as an immunomodulator which affects various levels of immune response. The net effects of vitamin D are increasing mucosal immunity, but dampening the adaptive immune system. Vitamin D deficiency is commonly found in people with diabetes mellitus and obesity. It is also associated with increased insulin resistance and poor glucose control. This review will explain how vitamin D as immunomodulator dampens insulin resistance. In immune cells from subjects with insulin resistance, administration of vitamin D could reduce the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines through the NF-κB and MAPK pathways, thus the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as TNF α, IL-1β, and IL-6 are decreased. The same thing happens with preadipocytes and mature adipocytes. In these cells, vitamin D suppresses the expression of proinflammatory mediators such as IL-6 and MCP-1. Although in in-vitro studies, the administration of vitamin D showed a promising effect in modulating the immune system, the clinical effect of vitamin D supplementation in reducing insulin resistance in individuals with type 2 DM and prediabetes varies and it depends on vitamin D status and body mass index.


vitamin D, inflammation, insulin resistance

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