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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

INMA: Vitamin D during pregnancy

Vitamin D deficiency in the mother during pregnancy can have important effects on their children during pregnancy and childhood. Besides its importance for proper bone development, vitamin D also plays a role on immunity and prevention of infections. Proper diet and sun exposure in moderation are key to achieving optimal levels of vitamin D.

INMA Project researchers assessed whether blood levels of 25 hydroxyvitamin D3 in mothers during pregnancy were associated with the risk of respiratory infections and asthma by children.

1724 children to study

After studying 1724 children, the results showed that high levels of vitamin D in the blood during pregnancy is associated with a decreased risk of respiratory infections in children in the early years of life. However, there was no association between vitamin D levels during pregnancy and the risk of asthma in children. It conluyó, among other things, that increased sun exposure in moderation and adequate intake of foods rich in vitamin D during pregnancy is highly recommended to improve respiratory health in childhood.

Enclosed is an article in summary made by Eva Morales, MD, MPH, a specialist in preventive medicine and public health.

Link to 'Survey Results'. Find the article "Maternal Vitamin D Status in Pregnancy and Risk of Lower Respiratory Tract Infections, Wheezing and Asthma in Offspring '

Link: www.proyectoinma.org/presentacion-inma/resultados/index.php?thematic=38