Disease Prevention Chart
Overwhelming statistics have shown that most people who have serious diseases have Vitamin D deficiency, or were deficient in the past. Many studies have determined that Vitamin D may provide protection from illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer.
Children’s diseases like autism, asthma, and juvenile diabetes have become pervasive in the years that we have been told to avoid the sun. Vitamin D deficiency has come to be suspected to have an association with these diseases in children.
The chart prepared by Cedric Garland Ph.D. and Carole Baggerly of the Grassroots Heath shows a summary of what the statistical studies have shown for the possibility of higher levels to reduce disease. There is one typographical error on this chart which is the reduction for breast cancer is 50% not 83% as written on the chart.
All percentages reference a common baseline of 25 ng/ml as shown on the chart.
- %’s reflect the disease prevention % at the beginning and ending of available data. Example: Breast cancer incidence is reduced by 30% when the serum level is 34 ng/ml vs the baseline of 25 ng/ml. There is an 83% reduction in incidence when the serum level is 50 ng/ml vs the baseline of 25 ng/ml.
- The x’s in the bars indicate ‘reasonable extrapolations’ from the data but are beyond existing data.
- All Cancers: Lappe JM, et al. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007;85:1586-91. Breast: Garland CF, Gorham ED, Mohr SB, Grant WB, Garland FC. Breast cancer risk according to serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D: Meta-analysis of Dose-Response (abstract).American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, 2008.Reference serum 25(OH)D was 5 ng/ml. Garland, CF, et al. Amer Assoc Cancer Research Annual Mtg, April 2008,. Colon: Gorham ED, et al. Am J Prev Med. 2007;32:210-6.
- Diabetes: Hyppönen E, et al. Lancet 2001;358:1500-3.
- Endometrium: Mohr SB, et al. Prev Med. 2007;45:323-4. Falls: Broe KE, et al. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007;55:234-9.
- Fractures: Bischoff-Ferrari HA, et al. JAMA. 2005;293:2257-64.
- Heart Attack: Giovannucci et al. Arch Intern Med/Vol 168 (No 11) June 9, 2008.
- Multiple Sclerosis: Munger KL, et al. JAMA. 2006;296:2832-8.
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: Purdue MP, et al. Cancer Causes Control. 2007;18:989-99.
- Ovary: Tworoger SS, et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007;16:783-8. Renal: Mohr SB, et al. Int J Cancer. 2006;119:2705-9. Rickets: Arnaud SB,