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Infants Vitamin D Intake Effects Bone Mineral Density Later in Life

Thursday, 30 October 2008 13:43

Babies who receive vitamin D supplements may be at a reduced risk of osteoporosis later in life, researchers report.  Investigators looked at 106 healthy Caucasian females, aged 7 to 9 years. Of this group, 91 girls received vitamin D supplements during their first year of life. Bone area and mineral content was measured at six skeletal sites using dual energy x-ray absorptiometry.

The findings revealed that girls who received vitamin D supplements as infants had higher bone mineral density at the radial metaphysis, femoral neck and femoral trochanter. However, no significant difference in bone mineral density was found in the lumbar spine.


Zamora SA, Rizzoli R, Belli DC, Slosman DO, Bonjour JP.  Vitamin D supplementation during infancy is associated with higher bone mineral mass in prepubertal girls   J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1999 (Dec);   84 (12):   4541-4544