Vitamin D may prevent autoimmune lung diseases

Research that was conducted at the University of Cincinnati (UC) suggests a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and the onset of autoimmune lung diseases.

A team of scientists measured vitamin D levels in 118 patients with autoimmune interstitial lung disease (ILD), and found that they were 52 percent more likely to be deficient in the vitamin and 79 percent more likely to have low, but not deficient, levels of vitamin D.

Researchers compared the vitamin levels of these patients to those of individuals with a form of ILD that does not attack tissues, or non-autoimmune ILD. These participants were 20 percent more likely to have vitamin D deficiency.

“These findings suggest that there is a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with ILD, particularly those with connective tissue disease. Therefore, vitamin D may have a role in the development of connective tissue disease-related ILD and patients’ worsening lung function,” said Brent Kinder, M.D., director of the Interstital Lung Disease Center at UC.

Results of the study suggest that proper intake of vitamin D may stave off autoimmune ILD and other diseases that attack tissue and organs in the body.

Dr. Pinkus’ Sublingual Vitamin D-3 from Dr. Newton’s Naturals contains 5,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D, which may also promote bone, memory and immune system health.

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