Are you vitamin D defficient?
Current guidelines to ensure adequacy of vitamin D levels in pregnancy are failing to prevent serious deficiencies in both mothers and infants, research suggests.
Screening of more than 300 pregnant women at Westmead Hospital in Sydney found moderate to severe vitamin D deficiency in 22% of Australian born women. Severe deficiency was especially common in dark skinned women, affecting 70% of African women, 44% of women from the Indian subcontinent and 22% of women with a Middle-East background.
The high levels of deficiency suggest that routine antenatal screening is needed, said the study authors at the annual meetingof the Perinatal Society of Australia and NZ in Hobart this week.
In a study of 89 infants whose mothers had vitamin D deficiency, researchers from the Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne found that despite maternal supplementation, 55% of at-risk babies had vitamin D deficiency at birth.
Vitamin deficient babies showed a good response to supplementation over 20–60 days with 400IU cholecalciferol daily.
When the prospective parents (both of them) are in the pick of their health, it is a marvellous experience to welcome into the world a child that is the best that they can produce.
A supportive treatment for the parents planning to have a child can maximise the health and even the intelligence of the baby.
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Vitamin D is important for everybody.
Deficiency in vitamin D can result from avoiding the sun. the results affect the mineralization of the bones, and causes bone softening diseases such as rickets and osteomalacia.
People at risk of vitamin D deficiency are those that do not consume animal products, wear clothing that covers most of the body, and are dark skinned.
Adequate vitamin D is also associated with the good health of our hair, good circulation to the legs, cancers, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, hormonal issues.
Where do we get Vitamin D from?
Vitamin D is manufactured on our skin when we are in the sun. It is believed that sunscreen interferes with this mechanism, and that the sun we need is the strong one, that our shadow should be shorter than ourselves. Obviously, we need to use the sun in moderation, and in short sessions, never letting it burn our skin.
Fatty fish: catfish, salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna, eel.
Fish liver oils like cod liver oil
Butter and whole milk