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.
This work demonstrates how common conditions can be “medicalized.” We found that when applied to the US population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Diabetes Association, and American Medical Association diabetes risk instrument categorizes 3 of 5 people 40 years or older and 8 of 10 individuals 60 years or older as being at high risk for “prediabetes,” a condition that was non-existent a few years ago. Medicalization of prediabetes may have the unintended consequence of reducing health care access to patients with type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions. See coverage by Reuters
and New York Times
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.