Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Women who are pregnant or plan to be in the near future should consider seeking a vitamin D test, as a new study has shown that deficiency of the nutrient is linked to many genetic diseases in children.
A team of researchers from Oxford University used genetic sequencing to map the locations in human DNA that are influenced by vitamin D. They found that a majority of the sites are located near genes that are associated with autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Chrohn's disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and certain cancers like chronic leukemia.
"Vitamin D status is potentially one of the most powerful selective pressures on the genome in relatively recent times," said George Ebers, one of the authors of the paper. "Our study appears to support this interpretation and it may be we have not had enough time to make all the adaptations we have needed to cope with our northern circumstances."
The authors recommended higher levels of vitamin D during pregnancy in order to help mothers avoid these problems in their children. They also said that greater public health efforts could be made to help make vitamin D supplements more available.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here
Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.Back to top