children, especially minorities, are in need of more Vitamin D,
according to the new study: “Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D Levels Among US Children Ages 1 to 11 Years: Do Children Need More Vitamin D?”
study authors reviewed data from the 2001-2006 National Health and
Nutrition Examination Survey, and specifically the serum
25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in children, age 11 and younger. Currently,
the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should
have vitamin D levels of at least 50 nmol/L (20 ng/ml) and the authors
found over 6 million children below this level. Other studies in adults
suggest that vitamin D levels should be at least 75 nmol/L (30 ng/ml).
There were 24 million children below this level, including 92 percent
of non-Hispanic blacks and 80 percent of Hispanics.
studies have demonstrated associations between suboptimal levels of
vitamin D and poor health outcomes, more studies are needed both to
establish the role of vitamin D in these poor health outcomes, and to
determine the appropriate vitamin D supplement requirements for
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