Each month we publish a blog highlighting a member, putting them in the spotlight. We discuss their background and why they’re interested in vitamin D. to see all member spotlight articles, click here.
This month we’re featuring member Sue Lipinski. Sue is a registered dietitian (RD) at the University of Michigan’s Division of Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism & Genomic Medicine.
In her job, Sue mainly sees children and adults who have been born with a genetic enzyme deficiency that creates problems in the pathways involved in the metabolism of protein, fats, or carbohydrates.
Sue’s interest in vitamin D was spurred in 2004 when her youngest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. She was set on researching the causes and treatment of autism and, from that, came across the connection between vitamin D and autism. Her son is now taking vitamin D and has seen slight improvements in his anxiety.
Since then, vitamin D has continued to be a big part of Sue’s life. At home, she advocates for safe sun exposure during the summer and making sure that her whole family is supplementing with vitamin D during the winter. At work, Sue has begun testing her patients for vitamin D and have found many of them to be deficient.
A few of the children that Sue was treating had been in the hospital frequently due to viral illnesses. However, she has noticed once they began supplementing with vitamin D, they have become much healthier and have stayed out of the hospital.
Sue has been a member of the Vitamin D Council for the past 2-3 years. She loves that the Council does all of the literature searching for her and that she knows exactly where to find the information she needs on vitamin D.
She also has been hoping to start a research project in vitamin D.
“I had the idea to look at vitamin D levels in banked biospecimens of children with an autism diagnosis and compare them to children without the diagnosis,” says Sue.
“And long term, I’d love to see vitamin D tested and supplemented routinely in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Would the incidence of autism decrease over time?”
We want to thank Sue Lipinski for participating in our member spotlight blog series, her work in public health and for spreading awareness of vitamin D in her community.