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Update on vitamin D during childhood

Abrams, Steven A.a; Tiosano, Dovb

Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity: February 2014 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 51–55
doi: 10.1097/01.med.0000436252.53459.ef
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT: Edited by Lynne L. Levitsky

Purpose of review We propose to review several recent key clinically oriented topics related to vitamin D and health in children.

Recent findings We found a very large number of recent clinical studies related to vitamin D. However, most are association studies with few physiological or clinical trials that are adequately powered for clinical outcomes. Key results are available related to pulmonary disease and allergic disorders. Recent studies have also evaluated the relationship of vitamin D to bone health as well as new insights into genetic conditions related to vitamin D metabolism.

Summary Recent studies generally support the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine related to vitamin D intake but there is new and increasing evidence that some health conditions, such as pulmonary diseases in children, might benefit from close monitoring of vitamin D status. However, controlled trials are mostly lacking and there is an inadequate basis from recent studies to recommend high dose vitamin D pending the results of controlled trials.

aUnited States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Service, Children's Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

bPediatric Endocrinology, Rambam Healthcare Campus, Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa, Israel

Correspondence to Steven A. Abrams, MD, USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St, Houston, TX 77030, USA. Tel: +1 713 798 7164; fax: +1 713 798 7119; e-mail: sabrams@bcm.edu

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