New research led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center suggests that children who do not get enough vitamin D may be at higher risk for anemia. However, they caution that while their findings show a strong link, it does not mean one causes the other. The researchers report their study, the first to comprehensively explore the link between low vitamin D and anemia in children, in a recent online issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. They suggest that low vitamin D might be linked to anemia via several mechanisms, for example, the link might be the way the vitamin affects the production of red blood cells in bone marrow. Or it could be vitamin D’s role in regulating immune inflammation, which is known to trigger anemia.
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