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Creighton Seeks African American Women for Vitamin D Study

Creighton Seeks African American Women for Vitamin D Study

Premenopausal African American women between the ages of 25 and 45 are needed for a Creighton University study on vitamin D.

People get vitamin D from sunlight, certain foods and fortified foods, and supplements. However, most Americans do not get enough of the vitamin.

African Americans are at particular risk, because the high melanin content in darker skin reduces the skinís ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, studies show that African Americans consume a lower amount of the vitamin from food than other ethnic groups.

There is strong and growing evidence that adequate vitamin D consumption can help prevent a number of diseases, including osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

The Creighton study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. To be eligible, women should not be taking estrogen (other than birth control pills) and should not be pregnant or planning to become pregnant during the study.

Study participants will receive free bone-density scans, blood pressure and blood glucose checks, dietary analysis, calcium supplements (if needed) and a monetary stipend. For more information, contact Tanette Welsh at 402.280.4198 or tanettewelsh@creighton.edu.