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|Title: ||Vitamin D Deficiency as a Nutritional Child Health Determinant|
|Authors: ||Maguire, Jonathon Lee|
|Advisor: ||Parkin, Patricia C.|
|Department: ||Health Policy, Management and Evaluation|
|Keywords: ||Vitamin D deficiency|
|Issue Date: ||15-Feb-2010|
|Abstract: ||Objective: This thesis aims to construct a framework for studying vitamin D deficiency in young Canadian children.
Methods: A practice based research network was created to collect vitamin D data from children 1-5 years of age in Toronto, Canada (TARGet Kids!). A cross-sectional pilot study was completed and a larger study proposed to determine the prevalence and predictors of low vitamin D.
Results: The prevalence of low vitamin D (<50nmol/L) in the pilot study was 32% (29/92, 95% CI: 22-42%). Using multivariable linear regression, lower vitamin D level was associated with lower milk volume, higher BMI and watching TV during snacks. A larger study involving 2400 children 1-5 years of age has been proposed.
Interpretation: Pilot data has suggested that 30-80% of toddlers in this setting have low vitamin D. A study to clarify these findings and form the basis of a large longitudinal vitamin D cohort has been proposed.|
|Appears in Collections:||Master|
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