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Another reason to treat Vitamin D in pregnancy – decreasing diabetes risk in offspring

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Vitamin D is a super nutrient that serves a remarkably broad range of biological functions. The diversity of its benefits make it an important part of a woman’s health, during pregnancy and otherwise. I have dedicated many blog posts to Vitamin D’s role in healthy pregnancy – from preventing childhood asthma to promoting healthy vaginal flora. Vitamin D has also been long recognized to promote healthy glucose metabolism, and conversely, deficiency in Vitamin D increases the risk of insulin resistance and gestational diabetes in pregnant mothers.

Now, an interesting new study shows that Vitamin D deficiency doesn’t only affect mothers’ glucose metabolism, but also can lead to higher risk of insulin resistance in her child. This study from the St. Louis School of Medicine in Missouri suggests that under conditions of maternal Vitamin D deficiency, monocytes (a type of white blood cell) were programmed in utero to induce insulin resistance in the fetus, thus putting these offspring at risk for insulin resistance, a common precondition for diabetes, later in life as well.

During these summer months, it’s time to get out and absorb some healthy sun exposure, and for pregnant moms especially, to supplement with Vitamin D as well!

I hope you have found this helpful, and do let me know if you have any questions!

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In health,

Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy, ND

Terra Life

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References:

McNerney, K. et al. (2019). Neonatal Vitamin D Deficiency and Insulin Resistance. Journal of the Endocrine Society, Volume 3, Issue Supplement 1.

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