The Best Stories of 2008: Vitamin D is More Important Than We Thought

This year we learned the importance of vitamin D in children, and that many of them lack the necessary amount for good health. I wrote this post back in October about the increase in daily vitamin D amounts for children.

But did you know that vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to an increase in heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and an increased death rate?

According to

“‘Our results make it much more clear that all men and women concerned about their overall health should more closely monitor their blood levels of vitamin D and make sure they have enough,’ says researcher Erin Michos, MD, in a news release. Michos is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and its Heart and Vascular Institute.

To increase one’s vitamin D, a person can get direct exposure to sunlight, take supplements, and eat foods rich in vitamin D including milk, salmon, cod liver oil, mackerel, tuna or sardines canned in oil, egg yolks, and calf or beef liver.”

Of course, you can supplement too, or make sure that vitamin D is in higher amounts in your child’s multivitamin.

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3 Responses to The Best Stories of 2008: Vitamin D is More Important Than We Thought

  1. Maxine December 31, 2008 at 8:35 am #

    KIWI Magazine has a great article about vitamin D in the January/February issue. It's written by Dr. Alan Greene, KIWI's pediatrician. Check it out.

  2. Katy January 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    Thanks, Maxine– I really should suscribe to KIWI, I think I would love it. Thanks again for commenting!

  3. Dr. Justin Vega January 5, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    This is great information! It is important for everyone to understand the importance of Vitamin D to their family’s health and to make sure that everyone is getting enough Vitamin D through supplements and what they eat and drink. Unfortunately, when it comes to the little ones, the traditional foods aren’t always easy to get kids to eat. And, in terms of beverages, there aren’t a lot of kid-friendly ones available that include Vitamin D–really only fortified water, soy milk and some juice drinks.One good one though is First Juice–it’s an organic, low sugar juice for kids full of important vitamins (including Vitamin D). For parents with young kids, this is a good option.

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