News | Health & Safety
19 Feb 2018 9:13
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    Kiwi women lacking vitamin D: study

    A study has found an alarming number of Dunedin women and babies are deficient in vitamin D, potentially affecting their bone health and growth.


    Researchers have found more than half of Dunedin women and three-quarters of their babies are not getting enough vitamin D, potentially affecting their bone health and growth.

    The University of Otago study published on Monday looked at 126 women attending Dunedin's Queen Mary Maternity Centre between 2011 and 2013.

    It found 65 per cent of women and 76 per cent of infants were vitamin D deficient, with three of the children having rickets, a condition in which the bones soften and weaken.

    Rickets can potentially lead to bowed legs and stunted growth among other complications.

    Lead author Dr Ben Wheeler says the study indicates new public health measures may be needed, such as funding a vitamin D supplement to be given to all women and their children.

    "This is particularly an issue in New Zealand as living further south potentially decreases one's ability to make vitamin D," he said.

    Present public health policy only provides vitamin D supplements to pregnant women and breast-feeding infants considered at risk.

    This includes those who have naturally dark skin, a sibling with rickets, liver or kidney disease and those taking medications which affect vitamin D levels.

    But Dr Wheeler said the majority of New Zealand women and their children did not meet these risk criteria, while the new research showed vitamin D deficiency was even common in those previously considered low risk.

    Previous studies had already demonstrated vitamin D supplements given during pregnancy significantly improved an infant's bone health at birth, he said.

    A pregnant woman's ability to make vitamin D can vary with the season and latitude at which they live, their skin colour, what vitamin supplements they take and changes in their metabolism.


    NZN




    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Health & Safety News
     17 Feb: Disease killing starfish may spread to NZ
     15 Feb: Dr Bawa-Garba: Who's to blame when a medical tragedy occurs?
     15 Feb: Survey shows youth smoking at all-time low
     14 Feb: Call for third vaccine dose against mumps
     13 Feb: NZ shares rise as all eyes on Fletcher
     12 Feb: Third measles case in Canterbury
     12 Feb: Optometrist fails boy with brain tumour
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Blues lose young flanker to injury More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Tech conference looks at future for NZ More...



     Today's News

    Skiing:
    Winter Olympics: David Morris's dream of Pyeongchang gold ends after 'ludicrous' judging score 8:45

    Cricket:
    Morgan chides poor English T20 displays 8:15

    Law and Order:
    Auckland traffic stopped by swan 8:05

    Motorsports:
    Paddon content with fifth at Rally Sweden 7:55

    Business:
    Tech conference looks at future for NZ 7:45

    Law and Order:
    Police move to new digs in Christchurch 7:35

    Rugby League:
    Lodge hype grows after Brisbane debut 7:25

    Basketball:
    Wildcats find NBL form to beat Taipans 4:35

    Basketball:
    Gaze wants to coach on despite NBL woes 4:35

    Cricket:
    NZ lose but live to fight another T20 day 4:35


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd