Link Between Low Levels Of Vitamin D And Common Vaginal Infection In Pregnant Women
Posted Jun 10 2009 6:44pm
Pregnant women with low levels of vitamin D may be more likely to suffer from bacterial vaginosis (BV) - a common vaginal infection that increases a woman's risk for preterm delivery, according to a University of Pittsburgh study. Available online and published in the June issue of the Journal of Nutrition, the study may explain why African-American women, who often lack adequate vitamin D, are three times more likely than white women to develop BV.
"Bacterial vaginosis affects nearly one in three reproductive-aged women, so there is great need to understand how it can be prevented," said Lisa M. Bodnar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., assistant professor of epidemiology, obstetrics and gynecology, University of Pittsburgh. "It is not only associated with a number of gynecologic conditions, but also may contribute to premature delivery - the leading cause of neonatal mortality - making it of particular concern to pregnant women." Click here to read the rest of the article...
Note from Andrea---I am aware that most of my blog readers are past the point of pregnancy, but many of you have friends, daughters, and other loved ones who are expecting....good information to pass on to them.