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Tuesday, 19 June 2018
A new study suggests that girls who have a higher intake of vitamin D are stronger than those who don’t. This study comes from the Odense Child Cohort who recently published the findings in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
It was found that girls with low vitamin D levels have a 70% increased risk of being among the lowest 10% in a test for muscle strength.
To complete the study, 881 5-year-old children got their muscle strength measured with a standardised test for hand grip strength meant for children. In 499 of the children the Vitamin D status analyses were undertaken. A low level of Vitamin D was determined, adjusting the statistical analysis for height, weight and body fat percentage and were statically significantly high. This means that the association wasn’t due to being overweight and thereby having lower vitamin D and lower muscle strength.
The HSE recommend vitamin D is supplemented from birth, as it contributes not only to healthy muscle formation but also to the adsorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin is sourced naturally from sunlight, so here in Ireland, it is especially important to supplement your diet with Vitamin D to maintain optimum health. Sona's range of Vitamin D, like Sona Infant D3 drops for babies and Sona D2000 for adults, covers all the family when it comes to Vitamin D supplementation.
Source: Rada Faris Al-Jwadi, Eva Jespersen, Christine Dalgård, Niels Bilenberg, Henrik Thybo Christesen. S-25OHD is Associated with Hand Grip Strength and Myopathy at Five Years in Girls: An Odense Child Cohort Study. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2018; DOI: 10.1210/jc.2018-00281