Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels in pregnant women increases risk of life-threatening disorder

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
Tags: vitamin D levels, pregnant women, preeclampsia

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(NaturalNews) Blocked out of our modern lives with chemical lotions and chemtrail aerosols, sunlight is often disregarded and disrespected. Sedentary lifestyles keep people indoors, out of touch with the sun's living energy. As the main source of vitamin D, sunlight is often taken for granted and misunderstood for its role in preventing a wide range of degenerative diseases. Life on Earth depends on the energy emanating from the sun, including its unseen powers of vitamin D that shine down, through our skin and into our meticulous, living bodies.

Vitamin D, misunderstood and criticized by drug company propaganda

Often criticized by the mainstream media, vitamin D has come under duress in recent years. Misleading studies pushed by drug companies often infiltrate the media, criticizing vitamin D for having no role in preventing disease.

The confusion leads many men and women to be skeptical about nutrition, as they cling to allopathic medical advice that is often an echo of modern pharmaceutical advertisement.

In the modern television world, the healing energy of the sun and ground alone is thought to be a hoax, or witchcraft, even though many cultures have and still depend on this natural healing for their well-being. And those people will always be better off, outside the box, reaping nature, life and freedom.

Meanwhile though, the misinformation surrounding vitamin D is clamming people up in modern society, suppressing immune systems and welcoming conditions that suddenly send people to the emergency room. Some may begin to wonder: "Why are my bones fragile?" "Why is my skin breaking out?" "Why do I get sick three times a year for weeks on end?" "Why am I so depressed this winter?" Although much is at play in these health concerns, vitamin D may help all these situations in one way or another.

Vitamin D can help pregnant women prevent severe preeclampsia, possibly reduce C-section deliveries

Vitamin D may also help women during pregnancy. Already deficient in necessary nutrients and vitamins and needing even more for their baby's development, pregnant women can develop potentially life-threatening conditions like severe preeclampsia. A condition like this, spurred by deficiencies in nutrition, can cause complications during delivery. Something as simple as vitamin D could save the medical industry millions of dollars each year and help doctors prevent complicated C-section deliveries, while also saving women from severe preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia, signified by an increase in blood pressure and protein in the urine, is one of those conditions that vitamin D can prevent. Research from the University of Pittsburg Graduate School of Public Health confirms this.

One of the largest studies conducted on vitamin D and pregnant women, the purpose of this research was to reduce severe preeclampsia in women by studying vitamin D for its preventive powers. After collecting blood samples from 700 pregnant women who went on to develop preeclampsia, researchers studied how vitamin D levels affected occurrences in later pregnancy. Those samples were studied alongside another 3,000 blood samples from mothers who did not develop preeclampsia.

The samples, collected between 1959 and 1965, were obtained from 12 U.S. sites enrolled in the Collaborative Perinatal Project. Accurate vitamin D levels of the preserved blood samples were effectively measured decades later. Led by Lisa Bodnar, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., this study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in the journal Epidemiology.

In the publication, Bodnar states, "For decades, vitamin D was known as a nutrient that was important only for bone health. Over the past 10 to 15 years, scientists have learned that vitamin D has diverse functions in the body beyond maintaining the skeleton, including actions that may be important for maintaining a healthy pregnancy."

Proper vitamin D levels showed reductions in preeclampsia by 40 percent

Ruling out factors such as race, smoking, physical activity, number of previous pregnancies and body mass index, the researchers created a well controlled study.

In their results, they found that proper amounts of vitamin D in pregnant women created a whopping 40 percent reduction in risk of developing severe preeclampsia. The overall risk, regardless of vitamin D status, of severe preeclampsia in the women sampled hovered at 0.6 percent. Proper vitamin D levels brought that risk factor down to .36 percent.

Senior author Mark A. Klebanoff, M.D., M.P.H., says, "Severe preeclampsia poses much higher health risks to the mother and child, so linking it with a factor that we can easily treat, like vitamin D deficiency, holds great potential."

Dr. Bodnar concludes, "If our results hold true in a modern sample of pregnant women, then further exploring the role of vitamin D in reducing the risk of preeclampsia would be warranted."

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