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Multiple ill effects in children may be related to vitamin D deficiency in mothers

Posted on: December 18, 2014   by  John Cannell, MD


In a groundbreaking new paper in the prestigious journal Pediatrics researchers from Australia conclude maternal vitamin D deficiency is associated with multiple long-term adverse consequences in children.

Findings from the longitudinal, prospective study of 901 mother and offspring pairs indicate that children born to mothers with serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25-OH-D) levels less than 20 ng/ml at 18 weeks’ gestation were at increased risk for impaired lung development at 6 years, neurocognitive problems at 10 years, eating disorders during adolescence, and lower peak bone mass at 20 years.

The researchers used data from the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study, a community-based cohort comprised predominantly of white women, to examine the relationship between maternal vitamin D status and health outcomes over time of offspring who were born in Perth, Western Australia, from 1989 to 1991.

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2 Responses to Multiple ill effects in children may be related to vitamin D deficiency in mothers

  1. Tom Weishaar

    Kenya is on the equator, where mothers are more likely to have higher vitamin D levels. Higher maternal vitamin D leads to better lungs. And the world’s best marathon runners come from? (Hint.

  2. Ron Carmichael

    While the D/UV-B connection you suggest does not hurt, several well-founded articles and documentaries about the rift valley identify nurture as much as nature regarding your premise, Tom. But nonetheless, I LOVE this article and Dr. Cannell’s take on it. I also look forward to his considerations in his new book!

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