Published on August 17, 2021
Study finds significantly higher levels of vitamin D related to a lesser degree of severity and better control of symptoms among asthma patients
Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases worldwide, and is the leading chronic disease among children. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, asthma affects approximately 1 in 13 Americans, with Black Americans being 5 times more likely to have an emergency room visit due to asthma than white Americans, and nearly 3 times more likely to die from asthma.
Many of these deaths are avoidable with proper treatment and care. However, a large portion of patients with asthma do not have adequate control over their condition, even with high-dose medication, which leads to a high risk of severe exacerbations and asthma-related mortality.
Could Vitamin D Level Help Prevent or Control Asthma?
The development of asthma is affected by both the innate and adaptive immune systems, which are influenced by vitamin D in many ways.
Previous studies have indicated vitamin D may be helpful for asthma patients, and have demonstrated a relationship between low vitamin D levels and poorer asthma control, reduced lung function, more frequent attacks, and the need for higher doses of medication. One case control study using 100 patients in a private clinic in Pakistan found that vitamin D (50,000 IU vitamin D3 per day for 30 days) improved FEV1 measurements for asthmatics within two months, and even more by three months. FEV1 is measurement used in testing lung conditions whereby a patient breathes out forcibly on a plastic tube device, called a spirometer, to determine the volume of air they can expel.
Vitamin D Levels Associated with Symptom Severity and Asthma Control
A study by Shahin et al. looked at vitamin D levels among 70 adults with asthma and 20 healthy adults to see if there was a correlation between vitamin D levels and the incidence and severity of asthma.
Patients with asthma were divided into groups according to the severity of their symptoms and their FEV1%. Groups were defined as
- Intermittent asthma (n=36)
- Mild asthma (n=8)
- Moderate asthma (n=12)
- Severe asthma (n=14)
Another grouping was conducted according to asthma control, defined as
- Controlled (n=42)
- Partially controlled (n=15)
- Uncontrolled (n=13)
Vitamin D levels were categorized as
- Deficient (below 20 ng/ml or 50 nmol/L)
- Insufficient (20-25 ng/ml or 50-62 nmol/L)
- Sufficient (more than 25 ng/ml or 62 nmol/L)
What did the study find?
When looking at vitamin D levels among the different groups of asthma patients,
- healthy patients had an average vitamin D level of 34 ng/ml (85 nmol/L) compared to asthmatic patients with an average vitamin D level of 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L, p<0.001)
- higher vitamin D levels were significantly associated with decreased severity of asthma symptoms and FEV1% (p<0.001)
- vitamin D levels were significantly lower among those with uncontrolled asthma compared to those with controlled asthma (p<0.001)
Overall, the study found that patients with severe asthma had an average vitamin D level that was 67% lower than patients with intermittent asthma symptoms, and average vitamin D levels were 49% lower among patients with uncontrolled asthma compared to patients whose asthma was under control.
The authors conclude that “the higher the level of vitamin D, the lesser the degree of bronchial asthma severity and the better the control,” which is in support of other previous studies looking at the relationship between vitamin D and asthma outcomes.
Make Sure You Are Getting Enough Vitamin D and Other Important Nutrients
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What Does it Take YOU to Get Your D to 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)?Did you know your health could be greatly affected by making sure you have a vitamin D level of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)? Help us help you.
STEP 1 - Do you know what your vitamin D level is? If not, be sure to test today to find out.
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Give your immune system the nutrients it needs to support a healthy you and protect yourself from unnecessary diseases, especially COVID-19.
The first Randomized Controlled Trial on vitamin D and COVID-19 has shown a 96% lower risk of ICU admission for those receiving vitamin D (as 25(OH)D to quickly boost vitamin D blood levels) along with the standard treatment, compared to those receiving standard treatment alone.
These results support many previous observational studies showing a relationship between vitamin D levels and intake and COVID-19 severity.
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Our goal is to demonstrate how one can use the Nutrient Research Model established by Dr. Robert Heaney to show the effect of vitamin D serum levels of at least 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) on risk reduction for all ethnicities in the population. Status and intake of other nutrients will also be analyzed for any type of relationship to immune status and symptom severity. Join the project today!
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