Monday, September 10, 2007

Mothers lack of vitamin D leads to fetal deaths

Mothers to be who have low vitamin D levels face a five-fold risk of preeclampsia, a serious complication during pregnancy which can lead to fetal death, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism said there was a risk of preeclampsia even with supplementation of up to 400 International Units (IU).

They found that "Vitamin D supplementation in early pregnancy should be explored for preventing preeclampsia and promoting neonatal well-being."

This study adds to an ever-growing weight of the importance of vitamin D, which has been linked to a host of health benefits, including improving diabetes, heart health, breast and colon cancer.


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