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While in Pregnancy, Vitamin D May Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

A recent study has found a correlation between childhood obesity and Vitamin D. Children born to women with lower levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy had increased body fat later in childhood, and vice versa.

PRLog - Nov. 12, 2012 - MESA, Ariz. -- Drs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN, a medical practice focused on providing care to women during pregnancy and birth, write that a maternal vitamin D level less than 50 nmol/L was associated with increased fat mass in children at 4 and 6 years of age. Children in the study had an 8 percent reduction in fat mass if their mothers had a vitamin D level of 50-75 nmol/L. The mother's own levels of fat (body mass index) did not have any effect on the study results. The authors suggest that vitamin D insufficiency during pregnancy may program the child to gain excess fat later in life. Other studies have also confirmed an association between vitamin D intake and fat mass in adults.

This study adds to the growing body of evidence that has found higher levels of health in children born to mothers with adequate vitamin D stores during pregnancy. Drs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN recommends that, “Pregnant women should have their vitamin D levels checked repeatedly during pregnancy and take a vitamin D supplement to maintain blood levels between 75 and 100 nmol/L.”

To visit the website of Drs. Goodman & Partridge, OB/GYN for more information, please refer to this link:http://momdocwomenforwomen.com/Home/

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