American kids Vitamin D deficient - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/3/09

American kids Vitamin D deficient

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - For years, we've been told to drink our milk, but two new studies show American kids and teenagers aren't getting enough Vitamin D from milk and other sources. 

The study in today's journal "Pediatrics" finds seven in 10 American children don't get enough Vitamin D- one in ten have levels so low, they're deficient. Milk and fish are big sources of Vitamin D but so is sunshine, and that's where researchers think American kids fall short. The study found that especially African American teenage girls are Vitamin D deficient because people with dark skin don't absorb Vitamin D as easily. 

The problem is that later in life;a Vitamin D deficiency can lead to broken bones, cancer, and even increase your risk of high blood pressure or high blood sugar. Ironically, as much as we tell kids to protect themselves from the sun with sunscreen, the study today says it's still important for them to play outside without sunscreen for 10 or 15 minutes a few times a week then lather them up with sunscreen. If you want to find out if your child is Vitamin D deficient, ask your pediatrician, it's a simple blood test.

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