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The purpose

Ingested or skin produced vitamin D is either hydroxylated in the liver to 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), metabolized and excreted in the urine, or stored in adipose and other tissues. The capacity for vitamin D storage in adipose tissue is not known, nor the importance of such storage which may potentially be of vital importance when intake or solar exposure is limited. In the present study we will include 76 subjects who have participated in an intervention study with vitamin D (20.000 IU per week) versus placebo for the prevention of type 2 diabetes, and who have completed the study after 5 years or who have been excluded because of diagnosed type 2 diabetes or for other reasons. If vitamin D is stored to any extent in the body the subjects given 20.000 IU vitamin D per week for 2-5 years will have a considerable amount of stored vitamin D and accordingly, a slow decline in serum 25(OH)D during the following year without vitamin D substitution, which will be measured in the present study. If our hypothesis is correct, that vitamin D can be stored in significant amounts when the supply is abundant; current advice on vitamin D supplementation mainly during winter should be changed to "year around" in order to build up sufficient stores for the months without sufficient sun light.
Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01729013. The sponsor of the trial is University of Tromso and it is looking for 78 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
Duration of Vitamin D Stores After Prolonged Vitamin D Substitution