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Lower Vitamin D Levels = Increased Health Care Costs

After studying two North-East German health cohorts, which included records from over 7,000 patients, researchers concluded that there is “an influence of vitamin D deficiency on health care costs in the general population.”

What did their population look like?

This study defined severely deficient as vitamin D levels less than 10 ng/ml (25 nmol/L); deficient as 10 to less than 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L); and sufficient as 20 ng/ml or higher. Keep in mind GrassrootsHealth and 48 scientists recommend 40-60 ng/ml, but these were the cut off points the researchers used for their analysis. All participants were from the Pomerania region of North East Germany, about 52 degrees latitude. Approximately 8% of the patients were severely deficient, 41% were deficient, and 51% were sufficient. Women dominated the severely deficient group, while the other groups were more evenly matched between men and women.

Healthcare Costs

The researchers found that that those with lower vitamin D levels had higher health care costs. Just looking at the number of hospitalizations we see

 

Severely deficient
(less than 10 ng/ml)
Deficient
(10 to less than 20 ng/ml)
Sufficient
(20 ng/ml or higher)
102 visits (out of 580)
18%
469 visits (out of 2958)
16%
514 visits (out of 3679)
14%

A subset of data, with over 4,000 participants, adjusted for sex, age, month of blood sampling, years of schooling, unemployment, household income, type of insurance, and waist circumference found the following results

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Additional Information

In a separate study of six Veteran’s Administration Centers in the South-East US, researchers found that testing vitamin D levels, ideally more than once, lowered overall healthcare costs. Read more.

Could your vitamin D level be improved?

Make sure you know your vitamin D level, and take steps to keep it within a target of 40-60 ng/ml or 100-150 nmol/L! Through GrassrootsHealth Nutrient Research Institute, you can also test your omega-3 levels, inflammation levels and levels of essential nutrients and toxins. Find out your levels today! Log on to the shop (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your level can be improved.

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