Western Australian new findings on Vitamin D deficiency and childhood asthma
Australian research has found that children with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to develop asthma.
Researchers at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) tracked vitamin D levels in Perth, West Australia, of children at high risk for asthma and allergy from birth to age 10. They found that repeated bouts of vitamin D deficiency in early childhood were linked to higher rates of asthma at age 10, as well as allergy and eczema.
Professor Katie Allen of MCRI says “We believe that vitamin D supplementation trials in infancy are essential to answer this important health question.”
Although the study did not explore all the causes, Australian Food News notes that a highly successful anti-skin cancer campaign and the increasing time spent indoors has previously been found to be associated with increasing vitamin D deficiency in Australia.
Margarine in Australia and New Zealand is vitamin D fortified but despite this and the abundance of sunshine in Australia, Vitamin D deficiency is one of Australia’s most common vitamin deficiencies.
Australia also has one of the highest rates in the developed world of allergic disease, including food allergies.
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