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Gingersnap
11-13-2010, 11:35 AM
Middle class children suffering rickets

Middle class children in the south of England are suffering from the '17th century disease' rickets as parents cover them in sunscreen and limit time outside in the sunshine, a leading doctor has warned.

By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor 8:00AM GMT 13 Nov 2010

The disease, caused by low levels of vitamin D generated in the body from sunshine and certain foods, had died out around 80 years ago but is now coming back.

Cases of rickets in children have occurred in northern England and Scotland where there are fewer months of the year with sufficient sunshine to obtain enough vitamin D but now doctors are seeing it on the South coast as well.

It is thought extensive use of sunscreen, children playing more time on computer games and TV rather than playing outside and a poor diet are to blame.

Professor Nicholas Clarke, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Southampton General Hospital and professor of paediatric orthopaedic surgery at the University of Southampton, said: "The return of rickets in northern parts of the UK came as a surprise despite the colder climate and lower levels of sunshine in the north, but what has developed in Southampton is quite astonishing."

Children from all backgrounds are being affected now and the disease is not limited to the poor as it was in Victorian times.

He added: “In my 22 years at Southampton General Hospital, this is a completely new occurrence in the south that has evolved over the last 12 to 24 months and we are seeing cases across the board, from areas of deprivation up to the middle classes, so there is a real need to get national attention focused on the dangers this presents.”

Professor Clarke says he and colleague Dr Justin Davies, a consultant paediatric endocrinologist, have checked over 200 children for bone problems and more than 20 per cent of them have significant deficiencies.

“A lot of the children we’ve seen have got low vitamin D and require treatment,” he said.

“This is almost certainly a combination of the modern lifestyle, which involves a lack of exposure to sunlight, but also covering up in sunshine, and we’re seeing cases that are very reminiscent of 17th century England.”

This is very serious. You can treat this deficiency but no one knows what the long term impacts are in terms of heart disease and cancers later in life.

Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8128781/Middle-class-children-suffering-rickets.html)

MountainMan
11-13-2010, 12:18 PM
I thought they loved playing Rickets in England? Who knew?

ABC in Georgia
11-13-2010, 12:31 PM
Moderation in all things is the way to go. Video games, TV watching, snack foods, etc. Especially slathering on high numbered sunblock on children that seldom get to spend much time outside these days.

Well ... all things in moderation, with the exception of a well made Margarita, for this female adult, that is!:D

fettpett
11-14-2010, 06:59 PM
This is what happens when Parent's don't MAKE their kids go outside and schools stop the PE department and get rid of recess. You DO NOT need to drink Whole milk to get enough Vitamin D in your diet.

Also overprotective morons putting too strong of SPF on kids so their bodies can't get the necessary Sunlight to produce Vit D

Calypso Jones
11-14-2010, 10:00 PM
bull. who are these kids anyway. children of immigrants?

RobJohnson
11-15-2010, 01:56 AM
I know many adults that must take 50000 IU once a week for the first month, then it drops off to once a month....It's too hot here for the eldery to be out in the sun in the summertime....

Plus, some folks might need more Vit D then others....

I buy the over use of sunblock BS.....unless you would rather the kids have skin cancer....

Gingersnap
11-15-2010, 10:05 AM
I know many adults that must take 50000 IU once a week for the first month, then it drops off to once a month....It's too hot here for the eldery to be out in the sun in the summertime....

Plus, some folks might need more Vit D then others....

I buy the over use of sunblock BS.....unless you would rather the kids have skin cancer....

I don't buy it and I'm in the group that is most at risk. Using sunblock during middle of the day if you are outside doing work or if you are witlessly relaxing in the sun poolside makes some sense. Using sunblock anytime you step outside winter or summer just interferes with a perfectly good mechanism to prevent a vitamin deficiency that has broad health impacts.

Skin cancer requires prompt diagnosis and treatment but the vast majority of skin cancers will not kill you if they are untreated. Like so many things, the hype created inspires a fear that is far larger than the actual threat.

Using sunblock constantly north of the 37th parallel is harmful. Sunlight is only strong enough to provoke Vitamin D creation for a few months in that region. Vitamin D supplementation is not as good as just making vitamin D on your own. Too much is wasted.

noonwitch
11-16-2010, 02:41 PM
This is what happens when Parent's don't MAKE their kids go outside and schools stop the PE department and get rid of recess. You DO NOT need to drink Whole milk to get enough Vitamin D in your diet.

Also overprotective morons putting too strong of SPF on kids so their bodies can't get the necessary Sunlight to produce Vit D


My mom always gave us 2% milk. She figured that extra fat wasn't needed, especially when we ate diets laden with cheese, ice cream, and so forth.

I have really fair skin, and I got burned more than a few times as a kid and teen. I still get burned once a year, slightly. I think that the fear of skin cancer has made everyone go a little bit crazy about sunscreen, which I use if I'm going to the beach, but not if I'm doing yard work.