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Preventing and treating Vitamin D deficiency in children

According to the Italian Society of Pediatrics, vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common food shortages in Italian children.

Vitamin D, like all other vitamins, is an essential nutrient for people of all ages, but especially in children it is linked to growth, and particularly to a correct bone-building process.

Its deficiency, which is often discovered through blood tests, depends on two factors: an incorrect diet and excessive sedentary lifestyles.

Vitamin D deficiency can be challenged, in both adults and children, even in just a few weeks.

Solar power

The ultraviolet rays of the sun activate Vitamin D. According to pediatricians, one of the main causes of the lack of this vitamin in children is the time, always greater, that they spend indoors.

The human body can absorb the vitamin D in its inactive form; 7-dehydrocholesterol is the inactive substance that later converts to vitamin D, which is its precursor.  Thanks to the activation by the UV rays, it is not only used in the form of vitamin D – which its technical name is Cholecalciferol or rather of vitamin D3.

A child, especially in the summer, spends a lot of time outdoors activating this way vitamin D, which can thus perform its functions, in particular those concerning calcium metabolism.

Facing obesity

Obesity is another factor that predisposes children to vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D is stored at the level of body tissues, in particular in adipose tissue, or in fat. The fact that vitamin is fat-soluble causes that once entered the fatty tissue, it has much difficulty in getting out of it, thus remaining “trapped”.

A fat child has more difficulties to carry out its very important vitamin D functions. Weight loss, as fat loss, involves loss of vitamin D.

To prevent children’s vitamin D deficiency, it is therefore essential to prevent obesity.


Vitamin D integration

Outdoors activities and fighting against obesity are two effective preventive methods to counter vitamin D deficiency completely free.

However, when vitamin D deficiency has been highlighted, it is necessary to take steps and follow a specific therapy, to avoid the onset of diseases related to this lack. There are many vitamin D dietary supplements on the market. Most of them contain vitamin D2 which is a not the most active form and it is not very effective for this purpose but, on the other side, inexpensive to produce for industries.

In choosing a vitamin D supplement, it is therefore important to read the label well to make sure that the molecule contained in the product is vitamin D3, the most active form, which does not need sunlight, because it has already undergone a activation process with ultraviolet lamps and is immediately available to the body.

One of the most valuable supplements currently on the market is D3K1, which contains two essential vitamins to calcium metabolism: Vitamin D3, which regulates the absorption of calcium in the bones, and Vitamin K1, one of the most important forms of vitamin K, that allows the calcium, introduced with food, to be absorbed from the intestine instead of ending up in your stool.

Oral vitamin D supplementation with D3K1 allows you to quickly restore vitamin levels to normal. By resolving the problem within a few weeks and recovering a proper calcium metabolism, the baby’s bone status will improve providing the right support for growth.

Since these concern children, it is good to specify that vitamin D deficiency can develop in parallel to a calcium deficiency. Consequently, it is useful to assess together with the pediatrician a possible integration necessary to integrate the mineral by making appropriate changes to your diet.

It also has to be noted that avoiding obesity in childhood and expose your child regularly to the sun is important regardless of the use of dietary supplements. Vitamin D-based products, like all supplements, can help solve the problem, but in the absence of a steady activation of vitamin D, the problem may recur and the relapse of the disorder could lead to serious consequences and irreversible on the child’s growth.

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