Navigation Links
Vitamin D deficiency in pregnant Arab women requires urgent attention
Date:5/3/2010

Pregnant Arab women have an "extraordinarily high prevalence" of vitamin D deficiency a potential health issue for them and their babies, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study.

The vitamin deficiency is largely due to how Arab women dress outdoors preventing exposure of the skin to sunlight and subsequent vitamin D intake, according to Adekunle Dawodu, M.D., a physician in the Center for Global Child Health at Cincinnati Children's and lead author of the study.

"Vitamin D deficiency is common in Arab women, and its deficiency in pregnancy is detrimental to the health of both mother and child," he says. "The problem can be addressed by either vitamin D supplementation or having expectant mothers expose their skin modestly to sunlight in private, such as the privacy of their own courtyards."

Dr. Dawodu will present his study at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, May 1, at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Vancouver, Canada.

"Vitamin D deficiency is the major cause of rickets around the world, but rickets may be just the tip of the iceberg," says Dr. Dawodu. "Increasingly, research is revealing the importance of vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems not just those involving calcium and bone. It also may increase the risk of respiratory infection and chronic diseases after birth and later in life."

Dr. Dawodu studied vitamin D status in 105 expectant Arab mothers participating in a prenatal, vitamin D supplementation study in the United Arab Emirates. Blood samples were taken at different times of the year. Dr. Dawodu found no seasonal variation in the rate of vitamin D deficiency.

Blood vitamin D levels in adults of less than 50 nanomoles per liter are considered deficient. In this study, 76 percent of the women had blood vitamin D levels below 25 nanomoles per liter an amount considered very low by any standard. In addition, these pregnant women had low levels of dietary vitamin D intake and low rates of sun exposure outdoors.

"Vitamin D supplementation and modest sun exposure require urgent attention," says Dr. Dawodu.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Feuer
jim.feuer@cchmc.org
513-636-4656
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. DR Vitamins, LLC Introduces Vision Clarity Carnosine Eye Drops to Treat Cataracts, Glaucoma, Dry Eye, or Other Eye Ailments
2. Too Little Vitamin D May Worsen Asthma
3. Vitamin D supplements could fight Crohns disease
4. Vitamin D Linked to Survival in Lymphoma Patients
5. Low vitamin D levels associated with greater risk of relapse in childhood-onset multiple sclerosis
6. Low Vitamin D Levels are Associated With Greater Risk of Relapse in Childhood-Onset Multiple Sclerosis
7. Vitamin Angels Responds to Haiti Disaster
8. Vitamin D May Be Tied to Heart Disease Via Genes
9. 4Rs Profit Optimizing Inventory Solutions Helps The Vitamin Shoppe Drive Increased Productivity and Performance
10. VitaminSpice Elects Bill Fields to the Board of Directors
11. Shortest Day of the Year: Vitamin D - How to Get It When The Sun Goes Down
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Mt. ... launch of a months-long rebranding effort. This includes the introduction of new packaging ... discussions and market research, we learned that a simple, proactive approach to wellness ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... PORT RICHEY, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... March 27, ... ... U.S. drug overdose deaths soared 167%,(1) with opioids alone responsible for over 33,000 ... Assemblyman Kevin McCarty has sponsored Assembly Bill (AB) 1512, which proposes a tax ...
(Date:3/26/2017)... ... March 26, 2017 , ... ... the RealSelf 100 Award, a prestigious award honoring the top influencers on RealSelf—the ... find and connect with doctors and clinics. , In 2016, more than 82 ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Clean Earth, Inc., a leader in providing ... materials announced today the acquisition of privately owned AERC Recycling Solutions ... facilities and a vast array of additional technologies, services, and new markets to ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... countries to hospitals in the United States, it’s a threat that is constantly ... obstacles facing infection prevention and offers strategies for the healthcare community to help ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... -- Invivotek, LLC, a Genesis Biotechnology Group ® ... contract research organization (CRO), announced the completion of the ... research facility in Hamilton, New Jersey ... source to reduce costs and lessen the CRO facility,s ... Farm follows Invivotek,s recent expansion from a 19,712 square ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... Calif. , March 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... epigenetics company, and Hamilton Robotics, Inc., who ... announced an ongoing collaboration that teams Zymo ... and RNA and DNA extraction products with ... already created optimized methods for microbiomics and ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 ... providing high-quality and cost-effective drug development and ... pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, announced today the ... ShangPharma will be consolidating the Contract ... (CMO) under Shanghai ChemPartner. These entities include ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: