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TODAY’S HEADLINE STORY: Three quarters of children with diabetes don’t get enough vitamin D, new study shows.

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Researchers at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston have shown that almost 75 percent of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes are deficient in vitamin D, reported this week.

2008-12-23-d-for-diabetes-copy.jpg“We found in children with type 1 diabetes a pretty significant level of vitamin D insufficiency — much more than we had expected to find,” lead researcher Dr. Britta Svoren told in a story posted on that group’s web site.

According to the story, “Diabetes is associated with a reduction in bone mineral density, which can make bones more fragile, Svoren noted. Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of fracture in these children later in life, she added. In addition, vitamin D may have a role in the risk for developing type 1 diabetes.” reported that the researchers found that 61 percent of the children had insufficient levels of vitamin D, and 15 percent had a deficiency in vitamin D, meaning their vitamin D levels were severely low. In fact, only 24 percent of the children had sufficient vitamin D levels. The lowest vitamin D levels were seen among the oldest children. Among adolescents, 85 percent had inadequate levels of the vitamin, Svoren noted.