BET Spreads the word on Vitamin D

Imagine my delight and surprise that today’s BET.com Daily News Blast prominently noted the importance of Vitamin D.

They cited the alarming statistic I wrote a post on back in January of 2010 that 97% of African-Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.

To read this article The 411 on Vitamin D, please visit the BET site and let them know you’re interested in raising awareness of this issue.

About these ads

4 comments so far

  1. William Grant on

    This paper should be of interest to you and your readers:

    J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2010 Nov;11(9):617-28.
    Possible role of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D in black-white health disparities in the United States.
    Grant WB, Peiris AN.
    Source

    Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center (SUNARC), San Francisco, CA 94164–1603, USA. wbgrant@infionline.net
    Abstract

    Significant health disparities exist between African Americans (AAs) and White Americans (WAs). The all-cause mortality rate for AAs in 2006 was 26% higher than for non-Hispanic WAs. Explanations for the disparities usually include socioeconomic status, lifestyle behaviors, social environment, and access to preventive health care services. However, several studies indicate that these factors do not account for the observed disparities. Many studies report that vitamin D has important health benefits through paracrine and autocrine mechanisms and that higher serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels are associated with better health outcomes. AAs have a population mean serum 25(OH)D level of 16 ng/mL, whereas WAs have a level of 26 ng/mL. From preliminary meta-analyses of serum 25(OH)D level-disease outcome from observational studies, differences in serum 25(OH)D level for AAs and WAs can explain many of the health disparities. The ratios of mortality rates for AAs to WAs for female breast cancer, colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality rate in 2006 were 1.34, 1.43, 1.29, and 1.26, respectively. The 25(OH)D level-disease outcome ratios for 16 ng/mL versus 26 ng/mL for the same diseases were 1.26, 1.44, 1.27, and 1.26, respectively. The close agreement between these 2 sets of numbers suggests that low serum 25(OH)D level is an important health risk for AAs. Given the widespread vitamin D deficiency in the AA population and the potential widespread health benefits that accompany adequate replacement, we believe that addressing this issue may be the single most important public health measure that can be undertaken.

    • KMT on

      Great reference. Thanks Dr. Grant.

  2. Alan N. Peiris MD, PhD on

    You may also look the June publication from in JNMA – JOURNAL OF THE NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION for AN additional paper on Vitamin D , African Americans and Veterans

    best regards

    Alan Peiris MD, PHD

  3. KMT on

    Thank you very much, Dr. Peiris, for taking a look at my blog, and for the additional reference.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: