One in four children in Dublin is lacking in vitamin D, which is likely due to spending too much time indoors

One in four children in Dublin is vitamin D deficient, researchers have found.

The proportion of children lacking the essential vitamin rises to a third of children living in socio-economically disadvantaged areas, researchers at Trinity College Dublin said.

The study, the largest of its kind in Ireland to date, published today in the Journal of Nutritional Science, also found that vitamin D deficiency is more common in women and children over the age of 12.

“The study shows that vitamin D deficiency is just as common in children as it is in adults, particularly in the teenage years when new bone mass is being built. Reduced sun exposure, such as B. more sedentary behavior or screen time, and lower dietary vitamin D intake are likely important factors,” said Dr. Kevin McCarroll, Consultant Physician at St James’s Hospital and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Trinity.

About 90 percent of our maximum bone mass is reached during childhood, and vitamin D is essential for rapid bone growth during this time.

Vitamin D is formed when the body exposes the skin to direct sunlight. People living in Ireland do not produce enough vitamin D from October to March and dietary sources of naturally occurring vitamin D are limited.

While calcium is just as important for bone health, vitamin D is key to ensuring adequate absorption of dietary calcium.

Low intake of vitamin D and calcium increases a child’s risk of rickets, brittle bones (osteoporosis), and softening of bones (osteocalcin).

“Choosing foods like milk and cereals with added vitamin D and taking a dietary supplement (10 micrograms or 400 units per day), especially during the winter, may help prevent low vitamin D levels,” the lead researcher said Helena Scully from Mercer’s Glanbia Ireland Bone Research Fellow at the MISA Institute at St James’s Hospital.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/one-in-four-children-in-dublin-are-lacking-in-vitamin-d-with-too-much-time-indoors-likely-to-blame-41871733.html One in four children in Dublin is lacking in vitamin D, which is likely due to spending too much time indoors

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