By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Diabetes Week -- Researchers detail new data in Diabetes. According to news reporting from Oakland, California, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Vitamin D may have a role in many chronic conditions in addition to bone health. Nutritional surveys among Americans have reported high levels of vitamin D insufficiency, especially among Blacks and Latinos."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Kaiser Permanente, "Our study examined variation in vitamin D supplementation practices in an adult health plan population by age, gender, and race-ethnicity. Self-report data from a 2008 general health survey in a large Northern California health plan were used to characterize number and types of sources of vitamin D supplementation (multivitamin, calcium with D, singular D) among women and men aged 25-85, overall, by race-ethnicity, and for obese, diabetic, and hypertensive subgroups. In this population, 40% of women and 54% of men 50 is associated with higher reported intake of calcium with D. Black and Latina women aged 25-85 and Filipinas in the <= 50 age group were significantly less likely than non-Hispanic Whites to get vitamin D from supplements, whereas vitamin D supplementation practices among Chinese women did not significantly differ from non-Hispanic Whites. Among men, Latinos aged 25-85 and Black and Chinese <= 50 were significantly less likely than non-Hispanic Whites to get vitamin D from supplements. Similar race-ethnic differences in vitamin D supplementation patterns were observed for people in the obese, diabetic, and hypertensive groups."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Our survey results suggest that in 2008, a large percentage of women and an even larger percentage of men in a large Northern California health plan get no vitamin D from dietary supplements, and that Blacks and Latinos and obese adults, who are at higher risk of vitamin D deficiency, are also the least likely to get any vitamin D from dietary supplements."
For more information on this research see: Variation in vitamin D supplementation among adults in a multi-race/ethnic health plan population, 2008. Nutrition Journal, 2012;11():1-10. Nutrition Journal can be contacted at: Biomed Central Ltd, 236 Grays Inn Rd, Floor 6, London WC1X 8HL, England. (BioMed Central - www.biomedcentral.com/; Nutrition Journal - www.nutritionj.com)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting N.P. Gordon, Kaiser Permanente Northern Calif Div Res Oakland, Oakland, CA 94612, United States (see also Diabetes).
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