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Posts Tagged ‘vitamin d deficiency’

A new study involving morbidly obese adolescents shows that vitamin D deficiency is significantly related to cardiometabolic risk factors, including insulin resistance. Previous studies in adults and young children have shown that obesity increases the risk for vitamin D deficiency, which in turn correlates to high blood pressure, increased insulin resistance, and diabetes. However, this association has not been previously found in adolescents. Marisa Censani, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues analyzed the laboratory measurements of 236 teens who being evaluated prior to bariatric surgery at their center between 2006 and 2011. Their mean […]

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Vitamin D3 Dosage for Preterm Infants

Babies who are born before term (preemies) are at risk for vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets, a condition characterized by weakening of bones. However, medical organizations have not reached a consensus on how much vitamin D preemies should receive and current dosages range from 400 IU to 1000 IU per day. This prompted investigators from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, to conduct a study on vitamin D supplementation in preterm infants, the largest one to date. The study, led by Chandra Kumar Natarajan, DM, included 96 infants who were born between 28 and 34 […]

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Dark-Skinned Women Need Vitamin D Too

Women with darker skin tones produce less vitamin D in the skin after exposure to sunlight and as such have lower levels of 2-OHD (25-hydroxyvitamin D), a biomarker used in measuring vitamin D levels.  The recent study showed that older African-American women who are suffering deficiency in vitamin D need the same doses as Caucasian women to cure the condition. In the study, varying doses of vitamin D were given to African-American and Caucasian women with similar levels of 25OHD biomarker and body size. Results of the study showed that both groups have the same metabolism and absorption of 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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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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