Update Alaska recommends more vitamin D: Infancy 800 IU, Pregnancy 1400 IU (avoid rickets) Sept 2018
Update Feb 2013 Alaska House Bill 90 Vitamin D newborn testing
- Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, keeps Costco-sized bottles of vitamin D in his office for anyone who may be lacking and plans to hand them out to fellow legislators, as he's done in the past.
- About 11,000 babies are born each year in Alaska. Seaton proposes to make the tests mandatory but allow parents to opt out. He estimated 10,000 babies would be tested during the one-year study period.
- He's working on an arrangement with GrassrootsHealth, a public health organization based in San Diego County, to handle the tests for $30 each, much less than the cost if the state did the work directly, he said.
HCR 5 calls upon the State of Alaska to adopt a prevention model of public health by increasing awareness about vitamin D deficiency, testing and supplementation. There was much discussion about the implications of the resolution, including the potential population benefits of instituting a public health initiative related to vitamin D and prevention of chronic disease. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner William Streur and members of the committee expressed their appreciation for bringing this issue to the forefront. The resolution was held in committee so more in-depth discussion could take place to address some of the concerns Commissioner Streur and the other members had.
10 minute Video of Seaton, Baggerly and Heaney Feb 28, 2011
Seaton gave out a voucher for a free bottle of vitamin D and had about 1/3 of the Alaska House members take him up on it
Representative.Paul.Seaton at akleg.gov
- Alaska latitude: 50º to 73º
- Rickets increased 2.3 fold for every 4º increase
- approx 10X more rickets in Northern Alaska
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD0MJvf5Lyg 22 minutes
Download the PDF from VitaminDWiki.
The state’s health-care spending has been rising fast, tripling since 1990 and jumping 40% just between 2005 and 2010 and at current trends it could double by 2020, reaching more than $14 billion.
Cost of medical care per Alaskan - $10,000/year
Cost to give Vitamin D free to every Alaskan for a year = $25 ($0.20/capsule, 25 capsules/year, 5X the cost of capsule for overhead)
5% Reduction in medical care cost due to the extra vitamin D (extremely conservative)
Does Less Sun mean More Disease video shows 3X fewer doctor after vitamin D levels were raised
So very conservative cost savings would be 5% X $10,000 = $500
Return on investment = 20X ($500/$25)
Alaska would then pay $20 milllion to give Vitamin D to every Alaskan (750,000 population X $25 per person)
and would save at least $400 million (ROI = 20X)
- all items in Far from Equator
- all items in Canada and vitamin D
- Inuit preschoolers were very vitamin D deficient – Aug 2010
- Vitamin D and Inuit (dark skin) – April 2012
- 90 % of Canadian youth less than 30 ng vitamin D – Oct 2010
- Vitamin D blood levels of Canadians – Jan 2013
- Autism is a big problem for people with dark skin living a long way from equator - example Somali in Alberta Canada
- Economic burden of premature deaths due to vitamin D deficiency in Canada not Alaska, but close
- Dark skinned pregnant women far from equator were very vitamin D deficient – Sept 2012
- Disadvantaged get less sun and have poor health in the North– Aug 2011
- People with no UV for 6 months in the winter need at least 2000 IU of vitamin D – April 2011
- Vitamin D Testers coming soon (low cost and easy) - June 2014
by 2016 vitamin D tests should be very low cost and accessable anywhere in Alaska
- Suggest more vitamin D above the Arctic Circle – May 2013
People in Anchorage get no vitamin D from the sun for 8 months of the year
- CLICK HERE for other US UV index
30% of Alaskans are in a second high risk category: Dark Skin
- all items in Canada and vitamin D