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Vitamin D: Half of all children are deficient
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Children today just don't get out enough

Children today just don't get out enough. As a result, more than half of all infants and toddlers are low in their levels of vitamin D and, even at their young age, their bones are beginning to suffer.

Aside from a diet of fatty fish, sunshine is one of the principal sources of vitamin D - but outdoors play has been replaced by the DVD, the TV and the computer games.

In a study of 380 healthy infants and toddlers, researchers discovered that 12 per cent were deficient in vitamin D and a further 40 per cent had levels that were below those needed to maintain and grow healthy bones. The researchers found that a third of the children tested were already showing signs of skeletal problems.

(Source: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2008; 162: 538-43).


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