Logan Faculty Members Complete Vitamin D Study
August 31, 2012
Logan faculty members Drs. Weiwen Chai, Robert Davidson, Martha Kaeser and Norman Kettner have completed a pilot study entitled, “Ethnicity Differences in Serum Levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and Parathyroid Hormone and Bone Mineral Density Among Healthy Individuals.”
The study compared serum levels of vitamin D and parathyroid hormone and bone mineral density between African-Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites. A total of 37 Logan students and faculty participated in this pilot study. The results suggested that African-Americans had significantly lower levels of serum vitamin D levels compared to whites. Among the 18 African-American participants, only two were vitamin D sufficient. In contrast, bone mineral density values were significantly higher in African-Americans than in whites. The manuscript based on this study was submitted to the upcoming ACC-RAC in March 2013.