Monday, September 24, 2007

Take More Vitamin D Mothers Told

Saw this article this morning, about new recommendations from the Canadian Pediatric Society on pregnant and nursing women to significantly increase their intake of vitamin D to reduce the incidence of a number of diseases. Here are the teaser quotes:

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should consider increasing their vitamin D intake to 2,000 international units a day to reduce the chances their children will develop such ailments as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and cancer later in life, the Canadian Pediatric Society says.

That amount of vitamin D is 10 times higher than what is currently recommended by Health Canada for women in their childbearing years, and the advice is believed to be the first time a medical group has called for healthy people to take such elevated amounts of the sunshine vitamin.

...The advice was based on the growing body of evidence that increased exposure to vitamin D during key points of fetal and infant development may offer protection against many dangerous diseases, including asthma, osteoporosis, dental cavities and inflammatory bowel disease, among others

You can read the entire article here: Take More Vitamin D Mothers Told

Source: Globe and Mail Online, Sept 24/07,

Hans Skariah, B.Sc., DMD
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