PhD defence: Vitamin D in young Danish children
Charlotte Mortensen is defending her PhD thesis
Vitamin D in young Danish children - status determinants, requirements and effects on muscle strength and growth factors
28 September 2018, 13:00
Aud. B011, University College Copenhagen, Sigurdsgade 26, 2200 Copenhagen N
Professor Susanne Bügel (chair), Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Senior Scientist Rikke Andersen, National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark
Associate Professor Hope Weiler, School of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Canada
Associate Professor Camilla Trab Damsgaard, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Professor Christian Mølgaard, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Associate Professor Michael Kristensen, Department of Nursing & Nutrition, Faculty of Health, University College Copenhagen, Denmark
About the thesis
Low vitamin D status is prevalent during winter among children living at northern latitudes. However, the exact amount of vitamin D required by children is currently unknown. Moreover, there is a knowledge gap when it comes to the potential health consequences of a low vitamin D status in children during winter.
In this PhD thesis, the relation between vitamin D intake and the concentration of vitamin D in the blood is examined, in order to estimate the requirement of vitamin D in children. Moreover, it is investigated if winter vitamin D supplementation has an effect on children’s muscle strength and selected growth factors.
The PhD thesis shows that muscle strength in healthy children aged 4-8 years is not influenced by a daily vitamin D supplementation during winter; however, the concentration of some growth factors is affected.
- List of included papers
- Other scientific contributions
- Table of contents
2018, 141 pages.
Musculoskeletal health benefits of vitamin D and fortified dairy products in early life
Invited talk by Professor Hope A. Weiler from the School of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University.