Vitamin D Reduces
Type 2 Diabetes Incidence
Your data shows a 60% reduction in type 2 diabetes:
Our latest demonstration of your data was at the international Vitamin D Workshop in Chicago last month. As you can see in the chart below, there were 60% fewer cases of diabetes in the GrassrootsHealth group with an average vitamin D level in the 40-60 ng/ml range (as recommended by our scientists' panel) than in the general population with an average vitamin D level of 22 ng/ml.
- Median 25(OH)D in our GrassrootsHealth group was 41 ng/ml, vs 22 ng/ml in NHANES (the comparison group, the National Health and Examination Survey).
- There were 10 cases in GRH (out of 4933 participants), 38 in NHANES (out of 4078 participants)
- The body mass index of the GRH group is less than the NHANES cohort
- The average age of the GRH population is 53, that of NHANES is 47
The full poster, as presented at the conference, is available for download here.
Data from India shows a 58% reduction in progression
from pre-diabetes to diabetes:
At the recent Endocrine Society Meeting (following the Vitamin D Workshop), a paper presented by Dr. Deep Dutta from India showed a full 58% reduction in the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes in a group treated with daily calcium supplements and 60,000 International Units (IU) once weekly for eight weeks and then monthly compared to a group given only calcium supplements.
Why is this important?
According to the CDC's
National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014:
Potential savings with a 60% reduction: $147 BILLION/YEAR, and 960,000 new cases each year could be prevented.
- 9.3% of the US population has diabetes (29.1 million people)
- Distribution by age
- 26% 65 and older
- 16% ages 45-64
- 4% ages 20-44
- $245 BILLION is the annual cost for direct medical costs as well as indirect costs of work loss and disability
At GrassrootsHealth, we believe
the time for action is NOW!
The data regarding the impact of vitamin D on diabetes is abundant and it is time to start 'Moving Research into Practice.' We are starting a new Diabetes Prevention Project that will join our current D*action 'Everyone' Project; Breast Cancer Prevention Project; and Protect our Children NOW! (pregnant women) project. Given the current 'early adopters' stage of the vitamin D movement, this is still a 'crowd funded' stage, i.e., the individuals/stakeholders directly involved are the ones that fund the research projects.
At this very moment, anyone who wants to participate in the Diabetes Prevention Project can immediately enroll in the D*action project and just indicate on the health conditions that you do have diabetes. We will be adding some new questions for this group in the near future.
We appreciate any help you can provide in recruiting new participants to our group to see if we can not only prevent diabetes but actually impact the course of the disease.