D2d Study is Under Way
D2d is a large-scale clinical trial to investigate if vitamin D supplementation helps prevent or delay type 2 diabetes in adults who are at high risk for diabetes (pre-diabetes). "Past observational studies have suggested that higher levels of vitamin D may be beneficial in preventing type 2 diabetes, but until the D2d study is complete, we won’t know if taking vitamin D supplements lowers the risk of diabetes,” said Anastassios G. Pittas, M.D., M.S., the study’s principal investigator.
D2d will define the natural history of diabetes
Currently, we do not know how large the risk of developing diabetes is among people with pre-diabetes, as defined the American Diabetes Association criteria. Some researchers think that we need to screen for pre-diabetes and intervene to keep glucose levels as normal as possible. Others advocate that the current definitions of pre-diabetes risk unnecessary medicalization and create unsustainable burdens for health care systems. D2d will define the natural history of diabetes and, as such, will reconcile these two opposing views.
MIT Alumni Association Externship
Now in its 17th year, the Introduction to Medicine and Surgery externship is open to MIT students through the Student/Alumni Externship Program. The goal of the 2-week externship is to help undergraduate or graduate students make an informed decision whether to choose a career in medicine.