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RCT: Different levels during pregnancy

Posted on: July 17, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


One of the most pressing needs the vitamin D community has is to identify and treat vitamin D deficient pregnant women. Professor Bruce Hollis has been at this issue for more than a decade and was recently senior author on a paper out of the University Teaching Hospital in the United Arab Emirates that looked at vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy. Doctor Adekunle Dawodu, from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center conducted the study.

Dawodu A, Saadi HF, Bekdache G, Javed Y, Altaye M, Hollis BW.  Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) of Vitamin D Supplementation in Pregnancy in a Population With Endemic Vitamin D Deficiency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2013 Jun;98(6):2337-46.

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2 Responses to RCT: Different levels during pregnancy

  1. Rita and Misty

    Thank you, Dr. Cannell, for this article.

    Your opening sentence resonates with me: “One of the most pressing needs the vitamin D community has is to identify and treat vitamin D deficient pregnant women.”

    I find this fact to be very sad, because vitamin d deficiency is such an easy thing to treat.

    I wonder if you would agree that physicians would be best off assuming all pregnant women are vitamin d deficient, to one degree or another, and simply inform pregnant women that they need to supplement with 5,000 iu d3 daily. I think this would virtually eliminate the problem overnight.

    Of course, yes, there are always those individuals who will choose not to comply. But, I think the vast majority would take 5,000 iu d3 daily if their obstetricians emphasized the importance of vitamin d.

    We must educate our physicians.

    It will take more than the general public to move the medical community on this issue; alas… I am no longer Pollyanna. 🙁

    Be well,

  2. Tom Weishaar

    I hope they also get a measure of how calm and quiet the babies in the various groups are.

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