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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked With Kidney Disease

A new study published by researchers at Cincinnati Children's shows a link between vitamin D deficiency and kidney disease in children.

The study was published online ahead of print on December 28, 2011, in the journal Kidney International.

Participants in the study included 182 individuals between the ages of 5 and 21 with kidney disease and 276 healthy individuals in the same age range. The researchers found that half of the participants with kidney disease were deficient in vitamin D, compared to one third of the healthy participants.

Additionally, the participants with advanced stages of the disease had a greater vitamin D deficiency.

Lower vitamin D levels were also associated with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (scar tissue in the kidney), low albumin, and higher measurements of the inflammatory markers C-reactive protein and IL-6.

Beyond kidney health, vitamin D is an essential nutrient that has been linked to numerous other health benefits, including reductions in skin cancer, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, improved cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration.

Dietary vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process vitamin D as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.

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