New study finds vitamin D deficiency linked to diarrhea, vomiting, earache and fever

Posted on: February 12, 2014   by  Vitamin D Council

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New research published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal has found that low vitamin D levels in children are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal and ear infections.

The research team, led by Dr. Kathryn Thorton of Michigan State University and working in conjunction with the Foundation for Research in Nutrition and Health (FINUSAD), Bogotá, Colombia, sampled vitamin D levels from 475 schoolchildren in Colombia and followed them for one school year. The children’s caregivers recorded days of diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and earaches.

Ten percent of the children were vitamin D deficient (levels less than 20 ng/ml) and 47% were insufficient (levels between 20 and 30 ng/ml).

When the researchers looked at whether vitamin D levels correlated at all with infections, they found increased rates of diarrhea, vomiting, earache and fever in children who were vitamin D deficient compared to those with normal levels.

“These results suggest that [vitamin D deficiency] is related to increased incidence of gastrointestinal and ear infections in school-age children,” the researchers stated.

The research team calls for future studies to look at the effects of vitamin D supplementation in correcting for deficiency and reducing risk of gastrointestinal and ear infections in schoolchildren.

Source

Thornton, K. A. et al. Vitamin D deficiency associated with increased incidence of gastrointestinal and ear infections in school-age children. Pediatric infectious disease journal, 2013.

2 Responses to New study finds vitamin D deficiency linked to diarrhea, vomiting, earache and fever

  1. hlahore@gmail.com says

    The full study has been at VitaminDWiki since June 2013, along with links to similar studies
    http://vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=4191.

  2. Michael says

    Have you taken a good look at the prez lately. He is half as dark as he was at his January 2009 swear in 6 years ago. In countries unnamed, an agent puts Polonium in the victim’s tea. Here they just have Dr. Oz tell the victim to stay out of the sun.

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