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Means that there is -- a medical bombshell that could affect your child this is this is somewhat bizarre.
Researchers are now double -- the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D for children.
Saying it could prevent certain forms of cancer.
Not to mention diabetes in Austin for osteoporosis.
Fox News that medical contributor doctor Marc Siegel joins us now to explain more about it I got.
Good morning later all right so this is.
A vitamin D at -- like that bitter doubling what we now should be giving children when it comes to vitamin DY.
This is very important -- the reason that we're doubling this recommendation is because.
There's been studies that have been showing that up to 40% of infants and children are vitamin D deficient now why is that because we're -- them up with sun screen and mothers that are breastfeeding our lather up as well that's good.
Because it decreases the risk of skin cancer but wasn't due to vitamin D which is really more of -- hormone than it is of vitamin it's important that every single organ in the body as you mentioned heart disease.
Bones it prevents certain kinds of cancer autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis diabetes this is extremely important and what we're discovering is that when women breast -- they may not be giving as much vitamin D through their infants as if they're taking it from formula that's 400 international units that you mentioned that's the amount found in a leader of infant formula or milk or fortified orange juice so if we're not getting it -- what we're -- we -- give it to our -- another way it's very easy and it's very safe.
So they are literally talking about giving babies and little children.
Vitamin supplements of -- You know.
-- and it sounds a little on the -- it's really really smart this is very safe.
Megan considered takes 10000 international units to be getting into the danger zone of vitamin D so 400.
Is the least we can do you know what we were finding more and more infants with -- records which is softening of the bones he can lead to medical problems later on.
You know it's very important that we supplement vitamin DI.
We're not -- from the sun.
Let me -- if you fury of mother you don't you don't want to giving your baby's supplements for whatever reason.
What that does not put the sun screen on him and let them be out the sun it only takes like ten or fifteen minutes so like what how many times a week.
Well but you know something bursts of sun even ten or fifteen minutes increase your risk groups of skin cancer I would argue that it's easy to just give the supplement you know what the studying now that's very interesting we may be able to supplement the women themselves with vitamin D.
I checked vitamin D and all my patients I checked the levels and I supplement many of them it's an under appreciated problem in the United state loud that it could be looking into this more.
That's an easy it was about a -- is ten to fifteen minutes few times a week they say is sufficient but that carries its own risks okay here's -- question.
It it helps this vitamin E helps prevent cancer.
Diabetes osteoporosis rickets.
-- cancer it developing in your child as a child are once he or she becomes an adult.
Well that's right make and we don't really want to scare people it's really when they become an adult I mean it it leads to softening of the bones and infants that's what you worry about.
At that time but later on you worried about things like breast cancer things like colon cancer and cancers don't -- is well when your vitamin D deficient so we're trying to figure out what to do we want to intervene early to prevent problems later on.
I got to ask you this is the article I read was from -- -- in everyday item that is going along okay vitamin D sounds good -- going to get to the last line which says.
Several members of an academy committee that helped write these guidelines.
Have current or former ties.
Two makers of infant formula or vitamin supplements is this.
Is -- somebody trying to push product -- do we need to have actually listen and do these supplements.
We gotta do it may I am very glad you brought that point up we always have to be on the alert for that the study out of Boston show ten times more.
Vitamin D deficiency of breastfeeding mothers that's an Independent study of Harvard we have to listen to that we have to give the supplement by the way Reagan I want to add that I saw bill down here very friendly and talking only about football.
Well of Washington must change and you -- up your total come I didn't care.
Now doctor Marc Siegel thanks so much fun.
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