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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 68-70

Vitamin D in the perinatal period - future trends

Senior Adviser (Paediatrics & Neonatology) & HOD (Paediatrics), INHS Asvini Mumbai -400005, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0975-3605.203238

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The importance of the role of Vitamin D in bone metabolism is well known but its effect on other systems is emerging with greater understanding of this vitamin-cum hormone. The growing evidence of widespread deficiency particularly in high-risk population is alarming. The high prevalence of deficiency in pregnant and lactating mothers and their newborn babies is disturbing. The levels of Vitamin D considered adequate as well as the recommended doses for the pregnant and lactating mother and infant are still areas of controversy. The long-term harmful effects of Vitamin D deficiency on the fetus and newborn need to be addressed urgently. The article highlights these issues and discusses remedial measures.

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