I have always been a huge advocate of children drinking milk. From the time “my” babies go from breast or formula to milk at the age of one year, I discuss the need for dairy products to ensure adequate calcium and Vitamin D in a child’s diet. (more…)
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As I am headed to the medicine cabinet to take my evening dose of calcium and vitamin D, I am also multitasking and reading the latest article in Pediatrics regarding vitamin D levels in children. (more…)
A 65-year-long study finds that people who took in lots of calcium and dairy products as children tended to avoid stroke and live longer than those who didn’t.
For the study, which was published in the July 28, 2009, online edition of Heart, a research team led by Jolieke van der Pols from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, collected data on children from 1,343 families in England and Scotland. All of the families took part in a survey of diet and health conducted in Britain from 1937 to 1939. (more…)
A recent study in The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior confirmed what I had seen in my practice for many years, adolescents and young adults (high school and college kids) are not getting adequate amounts of calcium. This is hugely problematic as this is an important time to store calcium in bones that will be needed later in life. (more…)
Doctors have known the importance of calcium and vitamin D for children’s bone health and for preventing osteopenia and osteoporosis later in life. Now new research is showing that vitamin D is equally important in preventing heart disease and diabetes.
Infants are breast-fed or formula fed until their first birthday and then begins drinking milk as their main source of calcium and vitamin D. (more…)
Teens who have low levels of vitamin D are at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Researchers looked at data involving nearly 4-thousand teens aged 12 to 19 enrolled in National Health and Nutrition Examination surveys from 2001 to 2004. They found that 25 percent of the teens with the lowest vitamin D levels had a fourfold greater risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of risk factors for diabetes. (more…)
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has doubled the recommendation for the daily dose of vitamin D. The new guidelines now call for children to receive 400 units of vitamin D daily, starting with the first few days of life.
“We are doubling the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day because evidence has shown this could have life-long health benefits,” said Dr. Frank Greer of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The move was made in the hopes of preventing rickets and reaping other health benefits. Rickets are not common in the U.S., but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were cases of rickets reported in breast-fed infants in 2000 and 2001.
According to pediatricians, sunlight is the best source of vitamin D, but there are concerns that too much sun exposure can raise skin cancer risks. Vitamin D fortified milk is also a common source, along with fortified cereals and oily fish like tuna, mackerel and sardines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that non-breast-fed infants and older children who drink less than one quart of vitamin D-fortified formula or milk daily should receive a vitamin D supplement. “Supplementation is important because most children will not get enough vitamin D through diet alone,” said Dr. Greer.
As I start a new week and head to the office on a Monday morning there is some new news that will affect my daily practice. I have always been a big proponent in the need for children of all ages to drink milk to ensure healthy bones. We have talked about the concept of “banking your calcium” so that your calcium stores are growing while you are young and are “fully funded” by your 20s to ensure enough calcium for withdrawal later in life. The worry about this calcium issue is that many children do not drink milk or get enough dairy and that they may end up being adults with osteopenia and osteoporosis. Milk is also vitamin D fortified. (more…)
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