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Kids At Risk Of Rickets Due To Lack Of Vitamin D
Doctors fear a return of the 19th century disease rickets as the number of children suffering from vitamin D deficiencies increases.
There has been a four-fold increase in the bone disease - which has been relatively uncommon in the UK since the 19th century - during the past 15 years.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said poor intake of vitamin D is also resulting in higher incidences of diabetes, tuberculosis and multiple sclerosis.
Doctors have called for widely available and low-cost supplements and the fortification of foods with vitamin D to stem the problem across the UK.
Professor Mitch Blair, officer for health promotion at the RCPCH, said: "We know vitamin D deficiency is a growing problem - and localised research reveals startlingly high levels of vitamin deficiency amongst certain groups including children.
"People can only get a fraction (10%) of their recommended daily amount of vitamin D through food and very little from sunlight.
"So getting out in the sun more or eating more oily fish isn't going to solve the problem.
"Lack of vitamin D is related to a plethora of serious illnesses in children and adults that could be prevented through relatively simple steps such as taking supplements."
The RCPCH said there needed to be a greater knowledge among healthcare professionals and better public awareness about vitamin D-related disease.
Vitamin D deficiency is thought to affect a quarter of children across the UK.
:: Rickets is a softening of bones in children due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of vitamin D, phosphorus or calcium, potentially leading to fractures and deformity.
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What has happened to us that this is becoming a problem again? This article does not explain this at all.
I would like to know the ethnic origin of the children that this increase has occured in. Or if there is a split. The reason i say this that a lot of vitimin d intake can be altered by the type of bread consumed and whether it has had yeast added to it. Things like chipaties or other flat bread types have a considerable lower level of vitamin d2 or the chemicals needed to synthesize vitimin d in the skin than your run of the mill loaf from the local shop.
on the news this morning it said 10% white 15% others 75% Asian just like TB and other diseases that this country thought it had eradicated
I blame geoengineering myself. Not totally but definitely to an extent.
As King Louis once said "Let them eat cake"! Seriously too many kids are being fed at MacDonalds instead of being fed a decent meal by their parents.
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Mike I read recently that it actually said by Marie-Therese, the wife of Louis XIV No matter your point remains
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Surely this is not happening in Britain Mr Cameron is it? Not on your watch surely