Vitamin D Deficiencies in Kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/13/08

Vitamin D Deficiencies in Kids

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says kids today are not getting enough Vitamin D, which has been proven to help prevent some serious illnesses.  

Dr. Kimberly Giuliano, M.D., a pediatrician a Cleveland Clinic, says, "There is recent evidence to suggest it prevents disease like heart disease, diabetes, and other kinds of autoimmune conditions."  

In addition, Dr. Roshini Raj, M.D., of N.Y.U. Medical Center, adds, "As a society we are spending a lot less time in the sun, which is good in terms of skin cancer but the downside is that is how we get Vitamin D is through sunlight."

The AAP is now doubling its recommendation for how much vitamin d kids need to 400 units every day. You can get a boost of vitamin d in fortified milk and in oily fish like tuna and, of course, the body makes it after sun exposure.

As always, it's a good idea to talk to your own pediatrician for further answers.  

 

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