Vitamin D Deficiencies Impact Onset of Autoimmune Lung Disease

A new study finds that vitamin D deficiency could be linked to both the development and the severity of autoimmune lung diseases.

Autoimmune diseases occur when your body attacks its own major organs and tissues. Interstitial lung disease is an autoimmune disease that mainly affects the tissues of the lungs; it is often fatal.

Eurekalert reports:

"Researchers evaluated 118 patients  ... Overall, those with connective tissue disease-related ILD [Interstitial lung disease ] were more likely to have vitamin D deficiency -- 52 percent versus 20 percent -- and insufficiency -- 79 percent versus 31 percent ... Among this same group of patients, reduced serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were strongly associated with reduced lung function."

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