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Healthy Start vitamin D supplementation in UK is a farce - Nov 2010

The Healthy Start program tries to provide free vitamin D to the UK needy

However, only

180 IU of vitamin D to infants over 6 months old - and none for infants younger than 6 months
400 IU to breastfeeding mothers - which is just enough to prevent rickets

clipped from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/207753.php

Oliver Gillie, of the Health Research Forum, said that the Healthy Start scheme was badly implemented, does not work properly, and ignores the needs of mothers and children who are not on benefits and so do not qualify for free Healthy Start vitamins. In a lecture last night to the health charity, Caroline Walker Trust, Gillie said that the scheme is a farce and unless it is extended will never reach more than a small minority of women and children.

*Overview Pregnancy and vitamin D has the following summary

IU Cumulative Benefit Blood level CofactorsCalcium $*/month
200 Better bones for mom
with 600 mg of Calcium
6 ng/ml increase Not needed No effect $0.10
400 Less Rickets (but not zero with 400 IU)
3X less adolescent Schizophrenia
Fewer child seizures
20-30 ng/ml Not needed No effect $0.20
2000 2X More likely to get pregnant naturally/IVF
2X Fewer dental problems with pregnancy
8X less diabetes
4X fewer C-sections (>37 ng)
4X less preeclampsia (40 ng vs 10 ng)
5X less child asthma
2X fewer language problems age 5
42 ng/ml Desirable < 750 mg $1
4000 2X fewer pregnancy complications
2X fewer pre-term births
49 ng/ml Should have
< 750 mg $3
6000 Probable: larger benefits for above items
Just enough D for breastfed infant
More maternal and infant weight
Should have
< 750 mg $4

See also VitaminDWiki

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