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Title: Lack of vitamin D may cause juvenile diabetes
Post by: CareDC on June 05, 2008, 12:53:37 PM
Children who live in countries at higher latitudes, such as Canada, where there is less sunlight for much of the year, are far more likely to develop juvenile diabetes than kids who live at or near the equator, new research says.

The findings suggest that a lack of vitamin D, which the body produces when ultraviolet light hits the skin, has a role in the development of the disease. Vitamin D can also be obtained from supplements and from some foods.

According to supplementary information that accompanied the study, type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is second only to asthma as the most common chronic disease in children.

The disease can lead to blindness in young and middle-aged adults, and other complications such as kidney failure.
Title: Re: Lack of vitamin D may cause juvenile diabetes
Post by: CareDC on June 06, 2008, 12:47:25 PM
There appears to be a downside to the growing resurgence of mothers breastfeeding their infants - some babies are now suffering from vitamin D deficiency.

Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston conducted blood tests on 365 seemingly healthy babies and found 40 per cent of them had below optimal levels of the bone-building vitamin and 12 per cent were clearly deficient in the nutrient.

"Breast milk is the perfect food. It is the healthiest way to nourish an infant," said Catherine Gordon, lead researcher of the study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. "The problem is that many mothers are deficient in vitamin D and therefore their breast milk is deficient."

Vitamin D is produced naturally in skin exposed to sunlight. But many people living in northern latitudes have low levels of it in their bodies - especially during winter months, Dr. Gordon noted.
Title: Re: Lack of vitamin D may cause juvenile diabetes
Post by: jharrisece on June 06, 2008, 10:51:10 PM
It was recommended with my youngest that I give her Vitamin D drops and we did.
Title: Re: Lack of vitamin D may cause juvenile diabetes
Post by: CareDC on June 07, 2008, 12:02:39 PM
So did we. It was, however, strange to hear that nature did not provide enough to have the need to reserve to suplements.
Title: Prenatal vitamin D linked to kids’ dental health
Post by: CareDC on July 07, 2008, 11:02:37 PM
By maintaining adequate vitamin D levels during pregnancy, mothers may be protecting their babies against early Tooth decay in childhood, according a study reported Friday at the International Association for Dental Research meeting in Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Robert Schroth from the University of Manitoba reported that mothers of children who developed cavities at an early age had significantly lower vitamin D levels during pregnancy than those whose children were cavity-free.

The study team enrolled 206 women during the second trimester of pregnancy “as that is when primary teeth begin to develop and calcify,” Schroth explained in comments to Reuters Health. They measured vitamin D levels in the women’s blood at enrollment and then followed them until their infants were around 1 year old.