VIDEO: 70% of US Children Face Legacy of Low Vitamin D

Seven out of ten U.S. children and adolescents have low levels of vitamin D, raising their risk of bone and heart disease, says Dr. Michal Melamed, MD, reviewing findings of a national study of more than 6,000 youngsters led by researchers at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

That study of the under-21 U.S. population (http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/news.asp?id=392) was released in 2009. Addionally, further large-scale studies have linked low vitamin D – so easily avoided – to higher incidence of various conditions in this age group, including much higher rates of 11 key environmental and food allergies, from ragweed to peanuts (http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=15964).

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