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August 3, 2009

MILLIONS OF U.S. CHILDREN HAVE DISTURBINGLY LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS

Washington Post - Millions of U.S. children have disturbingly low Vitamin D levels, possibly increasing their risk for bone problems, heart disease, diabetes and other ailments, according to two new studies that provide the first national assessment of the crucial nutrient in young Americans. About 9 percent of those ages 1 through 21 -- about 7.6 million children, adolescents and young adults -- have Vitamin D levels so low they could be considered deficient, while an additional 61 percent -- 50.8 million -- have higher levels, but still low enough to be insufficient, according to the analysis of federal data . . . "It's astounding," said Michal L. Melamed of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, who helped conduct one of the studies published online by the journal Pediatrics. "At first, we couldn't believe the numbers. I think it's very worrisome."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

When it's considered dangerous to be out in the vitamin-D-producing sunlight, what in hell do these people expect!?!?

The older I get, the more aware I become of how people are whipsawed by the corpomedia.

"FUD. It's not just for IBM"

August 3, 2009 3:12 PM  
Blogger m said...

A better statement would be that many millions of Americans, both adults and children suffer from very low levels of Vitamin D.

August 3, 2009 5:11 PM  

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