Low Vitamin D may cause respiratory problems in babies

 

December 27, 2010 2:02:43 PM PST
The Vitamin D levels of newborn babies appear to predict their risk of respiratory problems.

Results from a study in the January 2011 issue of Pediatrics support the theory that widespread Vitamin D contributes to the risk of infections.

Although Vitamin D is commonly associated with its role in developing and maintaining strong bones, new evidence suggests that it is also critical to the immune system.

Researchers studied nearly 1,000 children from birth through age 5. Those with low Vitamin D levels were twice as likely to develop respiratory infection in infancy and experience wheezing during early childhood.


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