Vitamin D identified as beneficial to asthma sufferers
A new study has identified that Vitamin D may benefit asthma sufferers from attacks. Vitamin D is predominantly found in sunlight, which is then absorbed through our skin. After the absorption process, Vitamin D is then produced under the skin. Vitamin D is very important for the body as it helps keep bones healthy and functioning. A deficiently in vitamin D can lead to certain health conditions such as Rickets or Osteomalacia in adults. In the UK, it is rare for people to suffer from Vitamin D deficiencies as there is still an acceptable amount of sunlight, despite the constant rain and clouds.
In recent news Vitamin D has now been highlighted as a possible, treatment option for people who suffer from asthma. The study, researched by Dr. Ronit Condino-Cohen, investigated physician data from the records of 307,900 people whose Vitamin D levels were measure between 2008 and 2012.
The team discovered that 21,000 of the asthma patients included in the study, who displayed a deficiency in Vitamin D, showed a 25 per cent increase in the chance of a recent asthma attack. This goes some way in highlighting the connection between Vitamin D and Asthma; however this is an on-going area of research that has also offered other results.
Other research relating to vitamin D and its relationship to asthma has presented negative results and didn’t present any direct correlation between the two. The study from the Washington University school of Medicine in Saint Louis found that including Vitamin D in asthma related medications didn’t improve the condition or the chance of asthma attacks.
Dr. Confino-Cohen commented with the following “Most of the existing data regarding Vitamin D and asthma came from the paediatric population and was inconsistent. Our present study is unique because the study population of young adults is very large and ‘uncontaminated’ by other diseases”.
As highlighted above this area of research is still on-going and more specific population studies are required to make a direct correlation between Vitamin D and Asthma. If you suffer from asthma it is advisable to visit your GP and seek the proper diagnosis and treatment.
Asthma can affect anyone at any age and can be particularly aggravated in the winter months as discussed in another recent article here . Despite the findings of both these studies we would welcome any research that highlights/compares workers who are based outside and employees who suffer from asthma that typically work indoors most of the time.
With these points in mind it is evident that if you are working outdoors the summer months could certainly help reduce the risks that asthma carries due to the amount of sunlight that you are exposed to. In the colder seasons, however, we would always advise protecting yourself from the flu by wrapping up and keeping the chest and throat area well covered from the elements.
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 “Vitamins and minerals – Vitamin D”, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vitamins-minerals/Pages/Vitamin-D.aspx