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Double dose of vitamin D for kids

October 19, 2008 8:54:39 AM PDT
A new report says kids of all ages, from newborns to teenagers, should be getting double the recommended amount of vitamin D than previously recommended, according to the American Academy of Pediatricians.The group is changing its advice based on growing research about potential benefits from vitamin D.

Besides keeping bones strong, the benefits of vitamin D include possibly reducing risks for cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

To meet the new requirement, doctors say children will need to take daily vitamin D supplements. However, the best source of vitamin D is sunlight.


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