Even in sunny climates, pregnant women have trouble getting enough vitamin D
If you live in a particularly sunny area and get outside often, you might not think that vitamin D supplementation is necessary for you. After all, the body is able to naturally produce vitamin D on its own if exposed to enough sunlight. However, a recent study presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology suggests that you might want to rethink that attitude if you're pregnant. Researchers found that pregnant women, even those who lived in sunny climates, were highly likely to be vitamin D-deficient.
Researchers at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece examined 15 studies that included data on the vitamin D levels of 2,649 pregnant women across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey. Surprisingly, despite the well-known Mediterranean sunshine, an impressive 90 percent of pregnant women had vitamin D levels that fell short of the recommended amount. This is a serious issue, as pregnant women with low vitamin D levels are more susceptible to health problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
"Pregnant women with vitamin D deficiencies may be at greater risk of various problems and complications, both for themselves and their babies. It's imperative for pregnant women and the medical community at large, to recognise the importance of vitamin D in overall health," said lead researcher Dr. Karras Spiros.
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