Baby diabetes risk lowered with vitamin D

Mon, 02 Jun 2008
Recent diabetes research indicates that very young children given Vitamin D supplements could face a lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes later on in life. The study, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, was conducted in the UK and builds on other research around the world.

The supplements, the experts behind the study agree with British health authorities, should be mandatory for all children during their first two years of life. Dr. Zipitis, a co-author of the study, was reported as commenting: "This is just another reason why current recommendations regarding vitamin D supplementation should be rigorously adhered to."

Choosing the right dose and formulation of the vitamin D supplements will depend on the child, and research is underway to establish the optimum levels. Zipitis reported concluded: "I would advise parents to encourage their pediatricians to prescribe vitamin D supplements for their infants. However, parents can also obtain these over the counter and provided they are used as per manufacturer instructions they should be extremely safe to use."

Type 1 diabetics have to inject insulin regularly to control their disease.
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