Vitamin D is making news these days. Not only does it help your body absorb that all important bone building calcium, but it wards off cancer and heart disease as well. Not bad for a fat soluble vitamin produced in your skin.
Now new research is touting its effects on reducing the incidence of adult diabetes when given to children. The research will be published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Diabetes is more prevalent in those poor souls of Northern European descent. Maybe it has something to do with the cold, dark northern winters (I know all about those). You need that sun for your skin to make vit D. Actually a lack of vit D has been linked to autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
The researchers looked at a large number of studies and found that those children who were giving vit D supplements during childhood had a 30% decrease in the incidence of diabetes at adulthood.
I guess you could let your children play in the sun longer and risk skin damage and cancer or you could give them a supplement. Just be careful of the dose for children. A few web searches turned up around 400 i.u. for kids.
BMJ-British Medical Journal (2008, March 13). Extra Vitamin D In Early Childhood Cuts Adult Diabetes Risk.
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