28 November 2016
11 March 2015
A new study from Australia suggests that a standardized nutrition protocol can be effective at raising vitamin D levels in preterm infants.
The observational study evaluated the effectiveness of a hospital’s vitamin D practices in meeting current supplementation recommendations by comparing the vitamin D levels of 28 infants at birth to their vitamin D levels at discharge (1). The infants received a standardized nutrition protocol including a vitamin D supplementation. The average vitamin D intake was reported at 643.6 IU daily. The study showed that the proportion of vitamin D-deficient infants decreased from at birth to discharge (32.1% versus 7.1%). Vitamin D levels increased from an average of 18.4 ng/ml to 29.2 ng/ml.
The researchers added that hospitals should recognize the importance of vitamin D in early development. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in ensuring the normal growth and development of an infant. According to the scientists, low vitamin D levels during infancy have been related to a higher risk of impaired language development, allergies, and respiratory distress syndrome, which is the number one cause of death for preterm infants. An earlier study found that 64% of preterm infants were vitamin D deficient at birth, and 35% of these infants remained vitamin D deficient upon being discharged from the hospital (2). These results suggest that vitamin D supplementation for preterm infants during their stay at the hospital was inadequate for the majority of the infants who were deficient.
28 November 2016
20 December 2017
Dr. Hilary Jones reports on a 2017 event, FoodFluence, that engaged and educated some of the most influential nutrition communicators in North America about the important role of omega-3 fatty acids on human health.
7 December 2012
Two new studies suggest that adequate intakes and blood concentrations of vitamin D may be preventive in cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease in older women.