After nearly five years since completion of the NIH-funded GAPI vitamin D supplementation study, the UGA Bone and Body Composition Lab has begun follow-up testing on the same children in order to study their muscle and bone development.
Dr. Richard Lewis and his team of researchers in the UGA lab, along with researchers from Purdue University and Indiana University, completed the original study in 2011.
The aim of this multi-site clinical trial was to determine the effects of vitamin D on calcium absorption in children during the early stages of adolescence.
Because gains in bone strength during the early years of life are thought to reduce fracture risk in adulthood, achieving optimal bone growth during childhood is important, researchers said.
Diet, exercise, cardiovascular health and obesity status can influence pediatric bone growth, all of which are being investigated in this follow-up study.
The findings from this study will provide evidence to support the development of dietary, physical activity, and lifestyle interventions aimed at optimizing bone health during childhood To see a video about the project, click here. A photo gallery can be seen here.
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