Vitamin D may ward off dangerous pregnancy disorder September 12, 2007Posted by Dreamhealer in Research.
Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of life-threatening pre-eclampsia during pregnancy fivefold, Pennsylvania researchers reported last week. Some researchers have suspected that low levels of vitamin D contribute to the disorder, which is characterized by soaring blood pressure, but the new study is the first to examine its role directly.
Pre-eclampsia affects as many as 7 percent of first pregnancies and can progress to eclampsia, which produces seizures and often fatal complications of the liver, kidneys, lungs, blood and nervous system. Eclampsia causes 15 percent of maternal deaths during pregnancy and as many as 70 percent of such deaths in developing countries.