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[IP] FW: NNF - Vitamin D Bonus

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Jim Handsfield
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The opinions expressed are mine and may not represent those of my wife who
runs our house and makes more important decisions than I do.

> -----Original Message-----

> January 16, 2002
> "Nutrition news is important.  We help you understand it!"
> Today's Topic: Vitamin D Bonus
> Most of us know that vitamin D is essential for absorbing calcium and
> helps strengthen bones.  A new study identifies vitamin D as a
> possible protective factor against development of type 1 diabetes.
> The recommended dose of vitamin D in Finland for children at the time
> of this study was 2,000 IU daily, and 88 percent got that regularly
> while almost 12 percent received it irregularly and 0.3 percent not at
> all.  Now the recommended vitamin D intake for Finnish children is
> 400 IU; in the U.S. it is only 200 IU.
> Over 10,000 children in Finland were followed, and 81 were diagnosed
> with type 1 diabetes during this study.  Use of vitamin D supplements
> by the children reduced their chances of developing diabetes by
> 85 percent.  The study was in the November 3, 2001 issue of
> The Lancet.
> HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: This is not the first
> study linking high vitamin D levels to protection against type 1
> diabetes.  But this study had only a relatively small number of cases
> to study, and diabetic children were much more likely to come from
> poor households with many children.  The final word on this will
> probably take many years of study.
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