Low Vitamin D Common in African-American Asthma Kids

Children in Washington DC suffer from high rates of asthma. Children’s National Medical Center has recently publish a small study revealing that African-American kids in that area who suffer from asthma are nearly 20 times more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than kids who do not suffer from the condition. Vitamin D supplementation for kids may turn out to be an inexpensive means to prevent the development of asthma or reduce the severity in children.

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70% of US Children Have Low Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D deficiency, typical of very low levels that cause rickets and severe bone degeneration and weakness problems were found it about 9% of children. Insufficient levels of vitamin D were found in another 61%. These levels are associated with a wide variety of health problems including type 1 and 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, autism, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, cancer and many other health problems.

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Multiple Sclerosis Risk Linked to Vitamin D Deficiency

In recent years, multiple studies have shown there is a link between vitamin D deficiency and contracting multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disorder that results in the body attacking the myelin sheath that protects nerve cells. Worldwide, more than 2.5 million people have MS. Vitamin D is created by the body due to exposure to sunlight. Epidemiological studies have shown that the higher the latitude, the higher the risk for MS. Higher latitudes receive less intense sunlight and often people spend more time indoors in cold weather, so it is not surprising that vitamin D production by the body is lower in these locations.

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