Vitamin D Deficiency Decreases Lung Function

Vitamin D deficiency has already been linked to the severity of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It has now been shown to alter lung structure and function in young mice.

Researchers evaluated lung responses of two-week-old mice with vitamin D deficiency. Their lung volume and lung function were evaluated using a plethysmograph, and microscopic lung tissue samples were also evaluated to assess changes in lung structure.

Eurekalert reports:

"The researchers found that airway resistance was significantly higher while lung volume was significantly lower in vitamin D-deficient mice ... Examinations of specific tissue responses revealed model mice had reduced lung function. Lungs were also smaller in model mice".

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