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Successful Vitamin D Project Aims to Change Standard of Care for Pregnant Women Across US

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  • A two-year-long community project implemented at the Medical University of South Carolina confirms 40 to 60 percent of preterm births are prevented by raising pregnant women’s vitamin D to a level of 40 ng/mL
  • Vitamin D optimization also reduces the mother’s risk of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and prenatal infections by approximately 50 percent
  • Children born of vitamin D-deficient mothers have higher risk of allergies and asthma, colds and flu, dental cavities, diabetes and autism, as well as a higher risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease in later life

By Dr. Mercola

Despite being simple and inexpensive to address, vitamin D deficiency is epidemic around the world. It's been estimated that if vitamin D levels were raised among the general population, it could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly a million lives throughout the world each year. Raising vitamin D levels among pregnant women is of particular concern, as insufficiency affects both the mother and her developing child.

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