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The Importance Of Vitamin D Supplements

by Medindia Content Team on  June 15, 2004 at 3:02 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Importance Of Vitamin D Supplements
Latest research shows vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized and prevalent health problem. Vitamin D is important for calcium absorption and bone growth during childhood and adolescence and is believed to help protect against health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis and cancer.
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Researchers looked at the vitamin D levels in 307 adolescents during their annual physical examinations. 74 of the patients were vitamin D deficient, and 14 had severe deficiencies. If researchers use a broader definition of vitamin D deficiency, 129 patients were considered lacking vitamin D. When they looked at other factors, researchers found vitamin D deficiency was highest in African American teenagers and during the winter months.

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Thus researchers say they feel that proper screening and guidelines for supplementation for children need to be established because of its importance for skeletal and bodily functions.
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