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Vitamin D insufficiency linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Washington, Mar. 27 ( ANI ): There is a link between low doses of vitamin D and adverse health outcomes like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia in mothers-to-be and low birth weight in newborns, a new study has suggested.

Vitamin D insufficiency has previously been associated with a number of adverse health outcomes and has been recognised as a public health concern.

Researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis of all existing evidence on the effect of vitamin D concentration on pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Data from 31 studies were included in the analysis - all published between 1980 and 2012 with between 95 and 1,100 participants.

Results showed that pregnant women with low levels of 5-OH vitamin D were more likely to develop gestational diabetes (odds ratio of 0.49), had an increased chance of developing preeclampsia (odds ratio of 0. 79) and an increased chance of giving birth to a baby small for gestational age (odds ratio of 0.85).

The researchers said that these results are "concerning" given recent evidence that vitamin D insufficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high risk women, particularly vegetarians, women with limited sun exposure and ethnic minorities with darker skin.

The paper has been published on bmj.com. ( ANI )

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