Sometimes Getting a “D” in Nutrition is Exactly What You Want

Three recent studies highlight growing recognition of the importance of vitamin D. First, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that pregnant women with low levels of vitamin D are more likely than those with normal D levels to give birth to low-birthweight babies. That’s especially important because, babies born at less-than-optimal birth weights are more likely to die in their first 30 days and as they get older, they’re more likely than normal-birthweght babies to suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease (heart problems and stroke risk) and other chronic conditions. In addition, babies of women with low D levels have smaller head circumference than those with normal D levels. The study was conducted by Alison Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Public Health, and just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The second study discussed the potential role of vitamin D in combating obesity. Most discussions on that topic involve cutting calories and getting more exercise. And those are definitely important. However, in a study conducted by researchers in China, taking vitamin D and calcium supplements was effective in reducing body fat in overweight men and women 18-25.

In the third, just published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a team of Australian researchers confirmed previous studies that found a strong connection between low levels of vitamin D and “significantly higher risk” of developing breast cancer.

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