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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
Child Health
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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18903
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