Vitamin D deficiency linked to reduced lung function

February 1st, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Feb 1 (ANI): A University of Cincinnati College of Medicine study has linked Vitamin D deficiency with reduced lung function.

The research shows that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD), with the largest prevalence seen in patients with concurrent connective tissue disease (CTD).

The researchers evaluated vitamin D levels in 67 patients with CTD-ILD and 51 patients with other forms of ILD.

Results showed the overall prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency was 38 percent and 59 percent, respectively.

Those with CTD-ILD were more likely to have vitamin D deficiency (52 percent vs 20 percent) and insufficiency (79 percent vs 31 percent) than other forms of ILD.

Among patients with CTD-ILD, reduced vitamin D levels were strongly associated with reduced lung function. Researchers conclude that vitamin D may have a role in the pathogenesis of CTD-ILD.

The study was published in the journal Chest. (ANI)

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