Vitamin D Deficiency is Common among Healthy Adolescent Girls

8/1/2007

Researchers in the UK conducted a cross-sectional study to assess vitamin D status in 51 healthy 10th grade adolescent girls in UK inner-city schools. Daily intake of vitamin D and calcium were estimated using a food-frequency questionnaire while sunlight exposure was estimated using a sunlight exposure questionnaire. The researchers found that vitamin D deficiency was common among “healthy” adolescent girls (73%), with non-white girls suffering from the most severe deficiency.

This information is very important, as over 35% of the peak bone mass of a mature adult is accrued during the four years surrounding the peak pubertal growth spurt. Vitamin D deficiency during this important period may put adolescent girls at an increased risk for osteoporotic bone fracture later in life. Vitamin D status should be addressed in this group.

Das G et al. "Hypovitaminosis D among healthy adolescent girls attending an inner city school." Arch. Dis. Child. 2006; 91:569-572.

Return to Newsletter Archive

Disclaimer: The statements and information upon this website have not necessarily been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products featured are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consumers should always consult their own medical practitioner(s) with any medical or health concerns before starting any new diet, product or supplement.