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Maternal deficiency of Vitamin D may up childhood obesity risk

Deficiency in Vitamin D also known as the "sunshine vitamin" has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.

By: IANS | New York | Published: February 15, 2018 2:35 pm
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Babies born to women who suffered from Vitamin D deficiency during their pregnancy are more likely to develop obesity in childhood as well as in adulthood, a study has found.

Children born to mothers with very low Vitamin D levels during their first trimester are likely to have bigger waists or be about half an inch plumper on average by age six.

These kids also had two per cent more body fat, than peers whose mothers had enough Vitamin D in early pregnancy.

“These increases may not seem like much, but we’re not talking about older adults who have about 30 per cent body fat,” said Vaia Lida Chatzi, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California in the US.

“Even a half-inch increase in waist circumference is a big deal, especially if you project this fat surplus across their lifespan,” Chatzi added.

Deficiency in Vitamin D also known as the “sunshine vitamin” has been linked to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes.

About 95 per cent of the Vitamin D produced in your body comes from sunshine, Chatzi said.

The remaining five per cent is derived from eggs, fatty fish, fish liver oil and fortified foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt and cereal.

For the study, published in the journal Pediatric Obesity, the team examined 532 mother-child pairs, whereby maternal Vitamin D concentrations were measured during the first prenatal visit.

The results showed that about 66 per cent of the pregnant women had insufficient Vitamin D in the first trimester — a critical period for organ development.

Chatzi said, “Optimal vitamin D levels in pregnancy could protect against childhood obesity, but more research is needed to confirm our findings. Vitamin D supplements in early pregnancy is an easy fix to protect future generations.”

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  1. Marc Sorenson
    Feb 17, 2018 at 7:38 pm
    The answer to avoiding vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy it to stop avoiding the sun. Governments and dermatologists have frightened women away from sun exposure and have thereby created a critical vitamin D crisis. The crisis is not only correlated to obesity in children, but research has shown that it is associated with type-one diabetes, thinner bones, infections and other health problems in our kids. Sun exposure is essential for human health. For more information: Sunlight Ins ute : sunlightins ute /
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