Prevention and consequences of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant and lactating women and children:A symposium to prioritise vitamin D on the global agenda

Schoenmakers, Inez, Pettifor, John M., Peña-Rosas, Juan-Pablo, Lamberg-Allardt, Christel, Shaw, Nick, Jones, Kerry S., Lips, Paul, Glorieux, Francis H. and Bouillon, Roger (2016) Prevention and consequences of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant and lactating women and children:A symposium to prioritise vitamin D on the global agenda. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 164. 156–160. ISSN 0960-0760

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Abstract

The Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Executive Committee of the 18th Vitamin D Workshop (VDW), organised a joint symposium on the prevention and consequences of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and children, convening experts on vitamin D, clinicians and policy-makers. The overall aim was to identify priority areas for research and to discuss the need for global options for policy, with a focus on the prevention of rickets in infants and children and vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women.  The scope and purpose were: (i) to present the WHO research strategy for health, addressing vitamin D-related public health problems and the process for the development of evidence-informed guidelines in general and how vitamin D interventions in diverse populations could be prioritised; (ii) to provide an overview of vitamin D status in children and pregnant and lactating women across the world; (iii) to review the health risks associated with vitamin D deficiency in children and in pregnant women and their offspring; (iv) to understand the aetiology of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women and children; (v) to identify and interpret biomarkers to assess vitamin D status and to consider possible clinical and biochemical screening tools for determining the prevalence of nutritional rickets in at risk groups or communities; and (vi) to provide an overview of policies and recommendations on vitamin D across the world. The format of the symposium was a composite of comprehensive scientific presentations and a panel debate with international experts on WHO guidelines, nutritional rickets, nutritional policy and consequences of vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy. This paper summarizes the content and outcomes of the panel debate.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: vitamin d status,vitamin d requirements,rickets,pre-eclampsia,pregnancy,lactation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:50
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 01:43
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60237
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsbmb.2015.11.004

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