Daily News: Nutrition

Findings from Tripler Army Medical Center Provide New Insights into Vitamin D Deficiency

NewsRx.com

09-06-13

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Blood Weekly -- A new study on Diet and Nutrition Disorders is now available. According to news reporting from Honolulu, Hawaii, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Vitamin D has long been known to be essential in bone mineralization as well as calcium and phosphate regulation. An increasing body of literature suggests that Vitamin D is also key in many other areas to include immune function, brain development, prevention of autoimmune disease, and prevention of certain types of cancers."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Tripler Army Medical Center, "Studies also suggest that, with decreased sun exposure due to concern for skin cancer risk, much of the world's population is becoming increasingly deficient in vitamin D. Our hypothesis was that vitamin D deficiency exists, and can be detected, even in sunny climates such as the state of Hawai'i. To test this hypothesis, eighty-six cord blood samples were collected in the process of routine clinical testing. These samples were tested for 25-hydroxy vitamin D via liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy. Percent deficiency (<20ng/mL) and insufficiency (20-31.9ng/mL) were determined by statistical analysis. Forty-six percent (n7) of cord blood samples tested were deficient in vitamin D; 47 percent (n8) of samples had insufficient 25-OH vitamin D. Only 7 percent (n=6) of samples showed vitamin D concentrations at the recommended levels. A vast majority of military dependents in Hawai'i have less than optimal vitamin D levels at birth. Further investigation of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy is required to optimize vitamin D status at birth."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We conclude that a vast majority of military dependents in Hawai'i have less than optimal vitamin D levels at birth supporting the recommendation for supplementation in this population."

For more information on this research see: Vitamin D deficiency at birth among military dependants in Hawai'i. Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 2013;72(3):88-91 (see also Diet and Nutrition Disorders).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E.G. Palmer, Tripler Army Medical Center, Dept. of Pediatrics, Honolulu, HI 96859, United States. Additional authors for this research include E. Ramirez-Enriquez, S.M. Frioux and M.M Tyree.

Keywords for this news article include: Hawaii, Honolulu, Avitaminosis, Malnutrition, United States, Deficiency Diseases, Vitamin D Deficiency, North and Central America, Diet and Nutrition Disorders, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases.

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