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Vitamin D Trial Seeking 25,000 Volunteers

Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are collaborating with doctors and scientists around Australia to undertake D-Health research which will help them fully understand the effects of increasing blood levels of vitamin D.  

D-Health is one of the largest trials of vitamin D in the world and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute is currently recruiting 25,000 Australians aged 60-84 years to take part in the five-year trial. The aims are to see if taking a vitamin D tablet changes the risk of a person being diagnosed with health conditions such as cancer, heart disease or infections (like flu). D-Health will give us much-needed information so we can give people correct advice in the future. 

The institute is calling for volunteers now. If you choose to take part in D-Health you will be randomly assigned to take a tablet containing 60,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D or a placebo (‘neutral’ tablet*) on the first day of each month for up to 5 years. You will be sent a text, email or phone reminder each month. You will not know which tablet you are taking. You will also be asked to complete a short survey now and for each year that you are in the study.

You won’t have to travel anywhere, it won’t cost you any money and the time commitment is small.

If you are interested in taking part in this trial, further information is available here.

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