Australian children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes have low vitamin D levels

Ristan M Greer, Meredith A Rogers, Francis G Bowling, Helen M Buntain, Mark Harris, Gary M Leong and Andrew M Cotterill
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2007.tb01130.x
Published online: 2 July 2007

To the Editor: Recent studies provide evidence that having a low serum vitamin D level is a risk factor for autoimmune disease, including type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM).1,2 Available data come from northern hemisphere countries where sunlight exposure levels and the genetic background of the population are different from those in Australia. We compared vitamin D levels in stored serum from Brisbane children and adolescents with T1DM who attended the Mater Children’s Hospital clinic with local historical control data from a previous study.3

  • Ristan M Greer1
  • Meredith A Rogers2
  • Francis G Bowling2
  • Helen M Buntain3
  • Mark Harris2
  • Gary M Leong1,2
  • Andrew M Cotterill1,3

  • 1 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.



We thank Dr Slavica Vuckovic of the Mater Medical Research Institute for helpful discussions on the role of dendritic cells in autoimmune disease.


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