Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Higher Rates of Asthma

Researchers have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy children.

This study supports recent research that suggests vitamin D plays a greater role in the body than just keeping bones healthy. Vitamin D deficiency has been recently linked to a variety of non-bone related diseases including depression, autoimmune disorders, and now asthma.

The study took a one-time measurement of vitamin D in the blood of 85 children with asthma. Additionally, the researchers measured the vitamin D levels of 21 healthy children. The research team found that 86 percent of the children in the study with asthma had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while only 19 percent of non-asthmatics had these low levels.

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