Navigation Links
Vitamin D Deficiency Still Persists in Babies

A study led by a Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO )researcher has found that children and babies are falling prey to vitamin D deficiency Rickets. Despite the fact that generation subsists on cod liver oil, fortified milk, vitamin supplements and sunshine, vitamin D deficiency rickets has persisted in too many children in Canada.

Rickets, a soft-bone disease that weakens the leg bones and stunts growth, the disease can cause painful bone deformities. Very little vitamin D in the diet, decreases calcium and phosphate levels in the blood. When blood levels of these elements are too low, bones become weak. Rickets can lead a bowing of the legs due to the softening of the bones, though other symptoms are also seen. They include failure to thrive, limited mobility in affected infants. If untreated, there is an increased risk of bone fractures.

The disease is highly preventable with Vitamin D supplement, known as the sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is a hormone that makes it possible to absorb calcium, and a deficiency can trigger seizures - which, if prolonged, can result in brain damage.

Dr. Leanne Ward, a pediatric endocrinologist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, surveyed 2,325 pediatricians across Canada over two years and learned of an unacceptable number of cases of rickets.

The doctors reported 104 confirmed cases during the study period -- or 2.9 cases for every 100,000 children. Of the 104 cases, 20 cases had progressed to the point where the child had experienced hypocalcemic seizures.

Ward said her figures are only an estimate of the problem because she had surveyed only pediatricians. Family physicians may treat dozens of other children with rickets, especially in rural and northern settings, where pediatricians are few and far between.

Vitamin D is a hormone that makes it possible to absorb calcium, and a deficiency can trigger seizures - which, if prolon ged, can result in brain damage.

Children with darker skin and those who had been breast-fed without vitamin D supplementation were most susceptible.

Ward said most cases were between the ages of a few weeks and seven years old. Pregnant women should also be tested for vitamin D deficiency before birth to determine if they need to take supplements, she said.

Although exposure to sunlight does spark vitamin D production, she believes there is no need to increase sun exposure.

Meanwhile, there is a growing body of research that suggests vitamin D has lifelong benefits for the immune system, and may be an anti-cancer agent, said Dr. Ward.

Dr. Ward believes "We shouldn't see any cases at all. This should be eradicated, like smallpox." The disease should have been eliminated a long back and found only in the pages of medical texts and period novels.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Vitamin B12 can help in detecting cancers
2. Vitamins-The answer to Heart Disease?
3. Vitamin E, the latest warrior against diabetes
4. Vitamin Shields Brittle Bones
5. B Vitamin protects and lowers toxicity of Arthritis Drug
6. B Vitamin Supplementatoin Saves Money and Lives
7. Eat Vitamin C and stay young
8. Vitamin C for the heart
9. Vitamin B for Hepatitis
10. Vitamins reduce pre-eclampsia
11. Vitamin E useful for Alzheimers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/22/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... January 22, 2017 , ... ... provide slow results. Often the results of a simple test will take days to ... Any Lab Test Now offers customers direct access to their lab tests, bypassing the ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 21, 2017 , ... Phytocéane ... Indian Ocean, isolated from the rest of the world with ZANZIBAR SHOWER GEL. Inspired ... Phytocéane used key ingredients, Virgin Coconut Oil and moisturizing vegetal coral to create this ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... ... January 21, 2017 , ... The Nobel ... Dan Holtzclaw in media for its creos™ line of bone regenerative products. ... Holtzclaw in which he utilizes creos™ allo.gain™ bone graft for a variety of ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... , ... January 20, 2017 , ... Doctor C LLC, ... attended the January ECRM trade show to continue the marketing and distribution of its ... supplement, known for providing 400 percent better absorption than traditional vitamin C supplements. At ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... Michael and Betsy Brauser celebrated 5 years ... Betsy, the clinical trial has been life-saving as she has been on the ... Betsy Brauser was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. She underwent standard chemotherapy but ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/21/2017)... 2017 ResMed (NYSE: RMD ), BMC ( ... Haven, Florida ) today announced they have agreed on a ... will be permitted to sell their existing products in exchange for ... payment to 3B to close the Florida ... admission of liability or wrongdoing by any party. ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... , Jan. 20, 2017 ARMO BioSciences, Inc., ... data on the Company,s lead investigational immuno-oncology drug AM0010 ... by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), taking ... CA. "AM0010 induces the ... + T cells in the blood and tumors ...
(Date:1/21/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... Route Of Administration, End User - Forecast to 2025" report ... ... a CAGR of around 7.8% over the next decade to reach ... analyzes the global markets for Advanced Drug Delivery across all the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: