Published on April 1, 2022
Out of 49 vitamin D test results, nearly half were below 20 ng/ml, and 1 out of 5 were below 10 ng/ml… Make sure this isn’t happening to you and your loved ones!
- A special project in the Fargo/Moorhead metro (North Dakota area) recently enrolled 49 participants between the end of December, 2021, through February, 2022 to measure vitamin D levels, with a focus on determining the extent to which certain factors affected the risk of vitamin D deficiency; only one participant had a level of at least 40 ng/ml
- The average vitamin D level was 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L), with 45% below 20 ng/ml and 20% below 10 ng/ml
- Projects like this make it very clear that vitamin D deficiency is still a major problem! With winter coming to an end, vitamin D deficiency is likely at its worst. Be sure to measure vitamin D levels now and correct existing deficiency immediately. Help fund a continuation of this project by donating today!
A special project in the Fargo/Moorhead metro (North Dakota area) recently enrolled 49 participants into the GrassrootsHealth D*action study to measure vitamin D levels, with a focus on determining the extent to which certain factors affected the risk of vitamin D deficiency.
Participants were enrolled between the end of December, 2021, through February, 2022. 51% were Black/African, 8% were Middle Eastern, 2% were Latino/a or Hispanic, and 39% were White/Caucasian. While most participants indicated that they were not supplementing with vitamin D, 8 of the participants indicated that they were currently taking a vitamin D supplement; doses ranged from 400 IU to 5000 IU, taken daily, most days, weekly or monthly.
Nearly Half of All Participants Were Below 20 ng/ml!
Among this group, only one participant had a vitamin D level in the recommended range of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
The average vitamin D level was 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L), with 45% below 20 ng/ml and 20% below 10 ng/ml (25 nmol/L).
When broken down by age, 46% of children and teens under the age of 18, 52% of 18 to 35 year olds, and 31% of those older than 35 had vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L).
When broken down by race/ethnicity, 50% of non-Caucasians and 37% of Caucasians had vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml.
Help Prevent Vitamin D Deficiency!
Projects like this make it very clear that vitamin D deficiency is still a MAJOR PROBLEM! With winter coming to an end, vitamin D deficiency is likely at its worst. Be sure to measure vitamin D levels now and correct existing deficiency immediately. A panel of 48 international vitamin D researchers and scientists recommend a vitamin D level between 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L), yet only 2% of this group had a level within that range. Enrolling into the D*action project gives everyone a chance to measure their vitamin D levels from home while contributing to life-changing research.
Help Fund the North Dakota Project
Help us expand this project to include testing for more participants, follow-up testing, and vitamin D education for this population and their public health officials.
As part of her doctoral project, North Dakota resident Beth Sanford, MSN, RN, has partnered with GrassrootsHealth to focus on increasing knowledge of vitamin D deficiency among nurses and other health care practitioners, and improving patient outcomes through the creation of an educational module and sustainability toolkit with resources for patients, providers, community members, organizations, and all else interested in helping to move vitamin D research into practice. Your donation will go towards the expansion of this project, which is much needed!
More About Beth Sanford: The Lady Behind the North Dakota Project
Beth graduated with her BSN and later received her master’s degree in Rural Health Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Education from the University of North Dakota. She has worked as a Hospice Nurse, a Migrant Health Nurse, a Public Health Nurse, a Community Health Educator, and a Nurse Manager in Long-Term Care and Memory Care. These roles shaped her love for vulnerable and underserved populations, as well as for primary prevention. She has enjoyed volunteering with incarcerated and homeless teens in the US and Canada as well as orphans in Mexico and rural populations in the Amazon.
In 2005, she moved to China with her family and lived there for five years, volunteering as a Nurse Consultant and teaching English. She then moved to Fargo where she became co-founder of a non-profit in Afghanistan that focused on micro-businesses for women in poverty, particularly widows, volunteered as a nurse advocate in the local refugee community, and did volunteer parish nursing for five years before joining Rasmussen University as full-time nursing faculty in 2015. In 2020, she obtained a post-graduate certificate in Applied Clinical Nutrition to better educate future nurses, colleagues, patients, and the public about the principles of integrative nutrition and advocate for vitamin D deficiency education in North Dakota.
In the Winter of 2021, she wrote and, with two nurse legislators in North Dakota (Karen Rohr, Ph.D., RN and Kristin Roers, MSN, RN), championed two bills: SB2145: The Essential Caregivers Act in North Dakota (which passed) and HB1328 Mandated Insurance Coverage for Vitamin D Screening and Testing. HB1328 did not pass, however, Beth alongside Dr. Karen Rohr continue to advocate for improved insurance coverage for vitamin D screening and testing in North Dakota as well as health care professional education.
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Vitamin D!
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D levels and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Choose which additional nutrients to measure, such as your omega-3s and essential minerals including magnesium and zinc, by creating your custom home test kit today. Take steps to improve the status of each of these measurements to benefit your overall health. With measurement you can then determine how much is needed and steps to achieve your goals. You can also track your own intakes, symptoms and results to see what works best for YOU.
What Does it Take YOU to Get Your D to 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)?
Did you know your health could be greatly affected by making sure you have a vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)? Help us help you.
STEP 1 - Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, be sure to test today to find out.
STEP 2 – Determine your target level. Are you at your target level? Experts recommend a level of at least 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L).
STEP 3 – Need to boost your level? Use the D*calculator to see how much vitamin D it may take to reach your target. Opt for the Loading Dose for a quicker boost.
STEP 4 – Optimize how your body absorbs and utilizes vitamin D with co-nutrients and these simple steps.
STEP 5 – Re-Test! This is an important step to make sure you have reached your target level, and to ensure you are not taking too much! Re-testing after 3-4 months is recommended.
STEP 6 – Adjust, Repeat…
Give your immune system the nutrients it needs to support a healthy you and protect yourself from unnecessary diseases, especially COVID-19.
The first Randomized Controlled Trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 has shown a 96% lower risk of ICU admission for those receiving vitamin D (as 25(OH)D to quickly boost vitamin D blood levels) along with the standard treatment, compared to those receiving standard treatment alone.
These results support many previous observational studies showing a relationship between vitamin D levels and intake and COVID-19 severity.
GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute has launched the new Immune Boost project with the use of our myData-myAnswers nutrient health system that nearly 15,000 people are already using for their health. Specific markers that influence immune health are suggested for testing as part of this project including:
- Vitamin D
- Omega-3 Index
- Essential elements magnesium, selenium, and zinc
Our goal is to demonstrate how one can use the Nutrient Research Model established by Dr. Robert Heaney to show the effect of vitamin D serum levels of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) on risk reduction for all ethnicities in the population. Status and intake of other nutrients will also be analyzed for any type of relationship to immune status and symptom severity. Join the project today!
Please let us know if you're interested in helping sponsor this project.
Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your essential elements magnesium, copper, zinc and selenium, toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium, as well as your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level. Find out your levels today! Log on to the test selection page (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my nutrient intake and levels over time?
To help you track your supplement use and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created the Personal Health Nutrient Decision System called
For each specific supplement, you can track what days you take it, how much, and many other details. This will help you know your true supplemental intake and what patterns of use work for you to reach and maintain optimum nutrient levels. Check it out today!