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Researchers need your help: Can you enroll in their study?

Researchers need your help: Can you enroll in their study?

Posted on: April 1, 2014   by  Vitamin D Council

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The Vitamin D Council is proud to announce a new partnership with GrassrootsHealth, a nonprofit research group focused on vitamin D.  They were established in 2007 by key researchers and a group of health advocates focused on putting vitamin D research into public health practice.

GrassrootsHealth is conducting a vitamin D study, and they need your help! They need more enrollees.

Would you be willing to enroll in their study?

Their study, called D*action, enrolls people from all over the world. The people who enroll are required to take an in-home vitamin D test twice per year and self-report their health status.

GrassrootsHealth is tracking these enrollees over time, to monitor the association between vitamin D levels and health status. This study, with your participation, will help give us a better understanding of vitamin D and will help guide researchers and public health officials for years to come. For example, from this ongoing study, we now have a better idea of what kind of vitamin D supplementation habits lead to what kind of vitamin D levels. But they still need more participants to get even better data.

Why you should enroll:

  • You get your vitamin D tested twice per year to find out if you’re deficient or sufficient in vitamin D. You get to find out exactly your vitamin D level is each time.
  • April is a perfect month to start you and family members in this project. It’s the time of the year when you would likely have your lowest vitamin D levels and you can see how much action you may need to take to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D.
  • The test is simple and easy to use. And the self-reported survey you have to fill out each time you get tested only takes 10-15 minutes.
  • You’re helping vitamin D research and making a contribution to public health.

Some things to consider:

  • It costs $60 + $5 shipping every six months for a new test on the five year subscription. This is how GrassrootsHealth is able to fund the study — it is funded by its participants, making this a one-of-a-kind research project. (You can also subscribe for a one time only test for $65 plus $5 shipping.)
  • You can’t get tested for vitamin D through your doctor for this study; you must get tested using their in-home vitamin D test. These in-home tests are easy finger-prick tests that you can do at home.
  • You should anticipate participating for about five years. The idea behind the study is to see what your vitamin D levels are and see what kind of health you’re in two, three, four, and five year later, if not longer. If enough people participate in their study, we can get good data on what kind of vitamin D levels correlate with optimal health. That’s why we need you to help out and enroll!

So, are you willing to enroll? We hope so.

Click here to enroll today

2 Responses to Researchers need your help: Can you enroll in their study?

  1. Rita and Misty

    I enrolled ! And, I just received my test kit 🙂 today.

    I regret it took me 2 years to participate in this excellent study.

    Be faster, quicker, (etc) than me and please consider enrolling now.

  2. foodhospital

    As the trial is selective will its outcome be valid enough? Why do I call it selective? People with no access to a computer will not participate. People who cannot afford to spend $ 130 per year on fees will not participate. The latter could be relieved by a twin enrollment: those who can afford it pay double in order to sponsor the fees for someone less affluent. A second sponsor would be needed to pay for the vitamin in order to improve the second enrollees health.

    Imagine women living under burkas all year long. dependant on their husbands approval for leaving the house. With only the head of the family having access to a computer.

    http://www.arabnews.com/news/519761
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Burqa-clad-women-prone-to-vitamin-D-deficiency-Doctors/articleshow/20468505.cms

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