A startling new study has revealed that 7 out of every 10 children in America are at an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. You might be thinking, "Well, I’m not that surprised considering the junk kids are eating these days."
But it’s not the food that’s putting them at risk. It’s actually something you can’t see. And it’s a problem that can be often be remedied without spending a dime.
The problem is a serious lack of Vitamin D.
Two new studies have revealed that as many as 70% of children in the United States have dangerously low levels of the sunshine vitamin. It left researchers totally stunned. The high incidence of deficiency was so shocking that "we sat on our data for six months," said study leader Dr. Michal L. Melamed. "We didn’t publish until it was confirmed by other people that we had the right numbers."
Low Vitamin D levels have long been associated with bone problems like rickets. But the new studies revealed that children with the lowest levels of Vitamin D were more likely to have both higher blood pressure and blood sugar levels, paving the way for heart disease and diabetes. And why are the nation’s children at such increased risk? The study attributed the findings to lack of exercise and sunlight. Imagine that! At the risk of sounding like my father, these kids need to drop the video games and go play outside!
These studies may never have come to light if it weren’t for Dr. Michael Holick, who’s been sounding the Vitamin D alarm for the better part of the decade. In Meet the Main Man Behind Vitamin D, Jenny Thompson profiles Dr. Holick, and shares the best ways to safely boost those sagging Vitamin D levels.
Jim is an alternative health researcher and reporter. He is always sniffing out the story behind the mainstream headlines.
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