Vitamin D Makes Girls Big and Mean!

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism claims vitamin D levels in adolescent girls are significantly associated with muscle power and force. Researchers recruited 99 inner-city girls from a multi-ethnic school between the ages of 12 and 14. And blood testing revealed 75% of the girls had low levels of vitamin D and the girls with higher levels performed much better on a jumping test used to measure strength; Nutraingredients reports.

Ironically, in October the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended doubling children’s daily intake of vitamin D to 400 units, replacing its 2003 recommendation of 200 units, based on claims that sufficient vitamin D may help reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

And previous reports show vitamin D deficiencies can cause back pain in older women and even increase the likelihood of c-sections.

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pam m. - February 5, 2009 12:47 PM

I saw nothing in the study to corroborate 'mean' in the title. 'Vit D makes girls big and STRONG' would have been a better title for this article.

Gerry Pugliese - February 5, 2009 1:07 PM

Hey pam m-

Take a breath. And lighten up a little. :)

Peace.
-Gerry

Patrick - February 5, 2009 8:22 PM

How long until Vitamin D use gets you a date testifying before congress? ;)

Sara - February 5, 2009 10:34 PM

There was also an article on the newswire today about low vitamin D in pregnant women contributing to the incidence of MS in the children later in life. BTW if anyone wants to see this Gerry, I could fax it over from work.

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