Vitamin D for Asthma and Pain
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased odds of asthma exacerbation. This is according to a study in which researchers looked at a cohort of people with physician diagnosed asthma between the ages of 22 and 50. They found that the odds of having an asthma exacerbation were 25% greater for those with vitamin D deficiency. Researchers suggested for patients with asthma to get their vitamin D levels checked and be sure they are getting enough daily vitamin D in their diets to help avoid asthma exacerbation.
Vitamin D deficiency is also being linked to many other physical problems such as baldness, depression, weight gain in women, and multiple sclerosis to name a few. Now its supplementation is being researched for its effect on chronic musculoskeletal pain. Researchers are suggesting Vitamin D supplementation for patients with this type of pain syndrome. Although it may take time and extra costs on the part of the doctor and patient, the extra time and money spent may be worth it for those suffering from chronic pain.
This is a fat-soluble nutrient found in some foods naturally and added to others. It is also in dietary supplements and can be produced when sunlight hits the skin. Vitamin D is responsible for maintaining calcium levels in the body (maintaining bone health) and it also helps with immunity, growth, and even inflammation reactions.
Recommended daily allowance (RDA) is dependent on sex, age, and other factors. For males and females ages 1-70 the RDA is 600 international units (IU’s).
Remember that vitamin D can be toxic if taken in excess (recommended upper limit at 4,000 IU’s for those age 9 and above). It may also have negative interactions with certain medications.
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