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Obesity Reduces Serum Vitamin D Levels

British researchers report that a significant increase in body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat based on height and weight) could lead to a drop in serum vitamin D levels. They found that the link between obesity and vitamin D levels affects people of all ages and genders. However, the authors of the study, which was recently published in the journal PLoS Medicine, state that vitamin D deficiency does not affect BMI significantly. Lead investigator Dr. Elina Hypponen, of University College London’s Institute of Child Health and colleagues note that previous studies have suggested the link between vitamin […]

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Vitamin D Supplements Tested for Quality

Researchers led by Erin S. LeBlanc, MD, MPH, of the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon report that the amount and potency of vitamin D sold in over-the-counter supplements do not always match the information on their labels. However, they found that products with the USP verification mark are generally more accurately labeled than those without the mark. It is estimated that more than 100 million Americans spend billions of dollars on dietary supplements and multivitamins annually, according to a recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the production and sale of these products […]

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A new study at the Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital found that patients who are prone to frequent respiratory tract infections may benefit from vitamin D3 supplementation. Researchers led by Peter Bergman, a doctor at Karolinska University Hospital’s Immunodeficiency Unit, found that the vitamin, when given as a supplement over a 12-month period may reduce symptoms of respiratory tract infection (RTI) and antibiotic treatment among patients with immune deficiency or frequent RTIs. Previous studies have shown that low serum levels of vitamin D3 are associated with an increased risk of RTIs. Clinical trials using vitamin 3 supplements against various […]

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Recently published research at the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine shows that taking vitamin D supplements and drinking cow’s milk are more important than diet, skin color or exposure to sunlight in determining vitamin D levels in children. This supports previous findings that drinking two cups of cow’s milk daily is enough to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D in children. Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a researcher and pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital examined data of almost 2,000 healthy children under the age of 6 who participated in the TARGet Kids! (The Applied Research Group for Kids!) study, which was […]

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Low Vitamin D Levels in Babies of Obese Moms

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that pregnant women who are obese may be passing on insufficient amounts of vitamin D to their babies. Jami L. Josefson, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and author of the study, states that although nearly all mothers involved in the study were taking prenatal vitamin supplements, babies born to obese moms had lower levels of serum vitamin D compared to lean mothers. Recent studies suggest that low vitamin D in adults is linked to an increase risk for obesity, […]

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