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Vitamin D and Growth

The Evidence

A systematic review of the evidence conducted in 2009 for the Institute of Medicine by the Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center in preparation for revisions to the Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin D and calcium concluded the following regarding vitamin D and growth:1

  • Six randomized controlled trials, one non-randomized comparative intervention study, and two observational studies evaluated intake of vitamin D or serum 25(OH)D concentrations and growth parameters in infants and children;
  • Most studies found no significant associations between either maternal or offspring vitamin D intake and offspring’s weight or height, but two intervention studies from the same center in India found a significant effect of total maternal vitamin D intake (> 1.2 million IU), on increased infant birth weights.

Learn more on the subject:


  1. Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center. Vitamin D and Calcium: A Systematic Review of Health Outcomes. Prepared for: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2009.

Keywords: kids , growth , vitamin D

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