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News number: 8710070922

14:10 | 2008-12-27

Science

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Vitamin D Deficiency Ups C-Section Rate

TEHRAN (FNA)- Vitamin D deficiency, a common challenge in industrialized nations, places pregnant women at a high cesarean section deliverisk for ry.



According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, pregnant women with insufficient vitamin D are four times more likely to have a C-section.

More than 36 percent of pregnant women were found to suffer from mild vitamin D deficiency. Twenty-three percent suffered from the severe form of the condition.

The study found that the lack of sun exposure places dark-skinned women, those living in cold climates and those wearing veils more prone to developing vitamin D deficiency.

Scientists urge women to take about 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D during their childbearing ages, advising pregnant women to take an additional 1,000 IU of the vitamin.

Previous studies had reported that vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and poor muscular performance.