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Babies Born Of Obese Women Tend To Have Insufficient Levels Of Vitamin D

January 7, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Women who are obese at the beginning of their pregnancies transferred less vitamin D to their newborn babies, even though the women themselves had sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a U.S. study. Researchers acknowledged that they weren’t really sure why obese mothers did not pass along vitamin D to their babies, nor did they know what the health impact of low vitamin D levels was on the newborns. But they suggested that vitamin D may get isolated in excess fat and not transferred sufficiently. Studies have linked low vitamin D in adults to an increase in autoimmune diseases, inflammation and obesity.
J. L. Josefson et al., "Maternal Obesity and Vitamin D Sufficiency Are Associated with Cord Blood Vitamin D Insufficiency", Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, January 07, 2013, © The Endocrine Society
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