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Vitamin D Supplementation for the Prevention of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 9, 2009
Last Update Posted : December 3, 2014
Finnish Defense Forces
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ilkka Laaksi, Tampere University

Brief Summary:
The investigators earlier clinical study in 754 young Finnish men demonstrated a significant negative association of serum 25-OHD concentration with acute respiratory tract infections. The present study aimed to determine whether vitamin D supplementation may decrease the incidence of acute respiratory tract infections.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Respiratory Tract Infections Dietary Supplement: vitamin D Dietary Supplement: placebo Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
Subjects comprised 164 male conscripts at a military base in Finland. Half of the participants were randomly allocated to receive 400 IU vitamin D daily and half received placebo from October through March. Serum vitamin D and plasma parathyroid hormone concentrations were determined. Subjects were followed for 6 months and the primary outcome was the number of days absent from duty due to ARTI.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 164 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Vitamin D Supplementation for the Prevention of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections; a Randomized Double-blinded Trial in Young Finnish Men
Study Start Date : May 2005
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2010

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Vitamin D
Drug Information available for: Vitamin D

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: vitamin D Dietary Supplement: vitamin D
vitamin D3 400 IU daily
Other Name: Minisun

Placebo Comparator: placebo Dietary Supplement: placebo
Other Name: Pharmia, Finland

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of days absent from duty due to respiratory tract infection [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. The proportion of men remaining healthy throughout the 6-month study period [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  2. The number needed to treat calculated from the proportion of men without any days absent from duty [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Use vitamin D

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00973583

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university of Tampere
Tampere, Finland, 33014
Sponsors and Collaborators
Tampere University
Finnish Defense Forces
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Principal Investigator: Ilkka T Laaksi, M.D. Tampere University
Study Director: Harri Pihlajamaki, Docent Research Department, Centre for Military Medicine, Helsinki, Finland
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Responsible Party: Ilkka Laaksi, M.D. PhD, Tampere University Identifier: NCT00973583    
Other Study ID Numbers: UTampere-RO5125
First Posted: September 9, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 3, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014
Keywords provided by Ilkka Laaksi, Tampere University:
vitamin D
Vitamin D for the prevention of respiratory tract infections
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Communicable Diseases
Respiratory Tract Infections
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Vitamin D
Growth Substances
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Bone Density Conservation Agents