low vitamin D linked to preeclampsia

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Re : low vitamin D linked to preeclampsia

Postby alviarin » Mon Sep 10, 2007 06:43 pm

After reading this I have been considering getting my vitamin D levels tested (something anyone can do who is considering supplementing). I wouldn't want to exceed the RDA w/o testing and a doctor's supervision since too much vit. D can be toxic.

I am overweight and I am on medication for hypothyroidism and I sunburn easily so I always slather on the sunblock. I have read that obesity and hypothyroidism and constant sunblock use can all cause low vitamin D levels. And even that vitamin D may be low in those with metabolic syndrome X.

Since obesity and thyroid disorders and blood sugar problems are also risk factors for pre-eclampsia I have to wonder if the low vit. D levels in this study are co-incidental to pre-eclampsia, and not causal.

Wouldn't it be great if vit. D served as a preventative though?

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Re : low vitamin D linked to preeclampsia

Postby caryn » Mon Sep 10, 2007 05:48 pm

I don't have access to the full-text yet, but I have this quote:

"If our results are confirmed by others, they suggest that pre-eclampsia may be added to the growing list of adverse health consequences of maternal vitamin D deficiency," say the researchers.

"Vitamin D supplementation in early pregnancy should be explored as a safe and effective means of preventing pre-eclampsia and promoting neonatal well-being."


However, as always I have to remind everyone not to experiment on themselves. Researchers thought antioxidants would probably work, and instead they made it worse.[xx(] Ask your care providers and make sure they know what you're taking!

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Re : low vitamin D linked to preeclampsia

Postby rsgeller » Mon Sep 10, 2007 04:06 pm

I just read that myself and was going to post something...thanks for doing that! I also read that pregnant women should have 1,000 IUs to make a dent in increasing our Vitamin D levels. It said that prenatals normally only contain 200-400 IUs. Even though I'm not pregnant again (yet), I plan on taking 1,000 IUs.

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Re : low vitamin D linked to preeclampsia

Postby leftcoastgirl » Sun Sep 09, 2007 06:56 pm

Thanks for sharing. I've been taking a calcium plus vitamin D supplement since I found out I was pregnant.

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low vitamin D linked to preeclampsia

Postby alviarin » Sat Sep 08, 2007 11:37 pm


"Vitamin D deficiency early in pregnancy is associated with a five-fold increased risk of preeclampsia, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences reported this week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070907102114.htm


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