Vitamin D may help fight juvenile diabetes |

Vitamin D may help fight juvenile diabetes

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. and#8212; Research finds that children who get their daily dose of Vitamin D have a reduced risk of developing Type 1 diabetes, the second most common chronic disease in kids today second to asthma. Battling the disease, which could lead to blindness, kidney failure and heart problems, is no childand#8217;s play. A recent finding in the journal and#8220;Diabetologiaand#8221; shows that sun exposure, the number one source of Vitamin D, can reduce the risk of developing Type 1 diabetes.

Additionally, an author of the study, Dr. Cedric Garland of the University of California, San Diego Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, says foods rich in Vitamin D could aid in this effort. This winter, Garland joins the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) and#8211; the creator of GOT MILK? and#8211; to educate Californian families about the role of vitamin D in preventing Type 1 diabetes of children.

and#8220;While rickets has been a commonly-known disease that develops among children who lack Vitamin D, this study shows that other more serious problems could develop such as Type 1 diabetes,and#8221; says Garland who co-authored the study titled, The Association Between Ultraviolet B Irradiance, Vitamin D Status and Incidence Rates of Type 1 Diabetes in 51 Regions Worldwide. The co-authors of the study are S. Mohr, C, Garland, E. Gorham, and F. Garland. and#8220;Education and early prevention are key to battling this health problem among children,and#8221; Garland added.

Medical experts say about 15,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes in children are diagnosed each year in the United States. The studyand#8217;s findings reveal that Vitamin D intake, obtained through sunlight, reduces the chances of Type 1 juvenile diabetes by about 80 percent. Garland recommends that children include Vitamin D fortified foods in their daily diet, in addition to modest amounts of sunlight daily, and a vitamin D3 supplement, to reduce the risk.

The research study also highlights the need for Vitamin D especially in regions with low sun exposure.

Garland has highlighted some tips for parents on how to keep their kids healthy with Vitamin D.

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Outdoor Play and#8211; The sun can be your friend, not to mention the easiest, most fun way to obtain Vitamin D. Experts suggest children go outside and play for 10 to 15 minutes daily between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Limit unprotected sun exposure to that time period and apply sunscreen thereafter.

GOT MILK? – Milk is a natural source of Vitamin D and helps in the absorption of calcium. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children get at least 1000 mg of calcium daily, which is the equivalent of three cups of milk.

Watch Out for Supplements and#8211; While supplements are readily available in stores, Garland says not all supplements are created equally. Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is the most effective form of Vitamin D supplement.

To read the study and to learn more tips on how to prevent Vitamin D deficiency, visit,

and#8212; California Milk Processor Board