Blog | Thursday, August 19, 2010

QD: News Every Day--preeclampsia and vitamin D


A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that low levels of vitamin D may be linked to early-onset preeclampsia in pregnant women. The trial found that the average vitamin D level in 50 pregnant women with preeclampsia was 18 ng/mL, compared with 32 ng/mL in 100 women with healthy pregnancies. No causal relationship was proven, and the study's lead author told Reuters Health that the recommended vitamin D intake in pregnant women hasn't changed, but the study results raise yet more questions about this much-discussed nutrient. ACP Internist covered the pros and cons of vitamin D in its November 2009 issue. (Reuters, ACP Internist)