The Hidden Link to Black-White Disparities in Bad Birth Outcomes

In the United States, there are disparities in rates of pregnancy problems among women of different skin colors. One previously unexplored possible influence on the disparity in adverse birth outcomes is maternal vitamin D status.

 

A new review looked at the evidence relating maternal vitamin D to preeclampsia, spontaneous preterm birth, gestational diabetes, and fetal growth restriction.

 

According to the authors of the study:

 

“The literature reviewed highlights strong biologic plausibility of role for vitamin D in the pathophysiology of these poor pregnancy outcomes ... Because vitamin D deficiency is widespread and black-white disparities in pregnancy outcomes and infant survival have been resistant to previous interventions, research to test vitamin D as a causal factor is of major public health significance.”

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