Administration of Vitamin D
In recent years, several studies have shown, for example (1), that administration of vitamin D at a dosage of 4000 IU during pregnancy halves preterm labor rates. This result applied to women from all ethnic backgrounds (African-American, Hispanic, Caucasian white). It is simply frustrating that no one in Germany is paying any attention to these insights, which meet the highest quality criteria and are not supported by the pharmaceutical industry. Since vitamin D is a non-patentable, cheap natural substance, it provides very little incentive for further research or even implementation to the gigantic industry behind preterm birth, with its financial interests. I can only advise anyone who has gained the relevant advanced training certificate to read the study listed in the reference list (which can be downloaded from the internet as a pdf)—the surprise will be enormous. In my opinion, this should become mandatory reading on the topic for students and doctors.
Dr. med. Claus Daumann
Gynäkologe und Geburtshelfer
Conflict of interest statement
Dr Daumann has received honoraria for scientific advanced training events from mibe.
|1.||Hollis BW, Johnson D, Hulsey TC, Ebeling M, Wagner CL: Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: double blind, randomized clinical trial of safety and effectiveness. J Bone Miner Res 2011; 12: 2341–57. CrossRef MEDLINE PubMed Central|
|2.||Schleußner E: The prevention, diagnosis and treatment of premature labor. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2013; 110(13): 227–36. VOLLTEXT|