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Chronic Anemia In Children Linked To Vitamin D Deficiency

October 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Anemia, a condition in which the body does not produce enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells, affects one in five children at least once in their lives. Studies have found severe vitamin D deficiency in about a tenth of U.S. children; 70 percent have suboptimal levels. Now new U.S. research has found a link between vitamin D deficiency and a child’s risk of anemia. The researchers acknowledge that their findings do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. But the study, which examined blood samples from 10,400 children, nevertheless showed that vitamin D levels were consistently lower in anemic children compared to non-anemic children. Left untreated, chronic anemia and vitamin D deficiency can lead to organ damage, skeletal deformities, frequent fractures, and premature osteoporosis.
Meredith A. Atkinson et al., "Vitamin D, Race, and Risk for Anemia in Children", The Journal of Pediatrics, October 21, 2013, © Elsevier Inc
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