Controlling Asthma with the Sunshine Vitamin

According to a new study out of Boston, MA, some asthmatic children treated with inhaled corticosteroids may need to consider taking Vitamin D supplements. The study found that children with mild to moderate persistent asthma who were deficient in Vitamin D showed less improvement in their lung function after one year of treatment with corticosteroids inhalers than children who had sufficient levels of Vitamin D.

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin because our body naturally synthesizes it when exposed to the sun, helps combat inflammation such as that found in the airways of those with asthma.  However, in the northern hemisphere, it is difficult to get sufficient amount of Vitamin D during much of the year. Because of this, the researchers suggest that the vitamin D levels of asthmatic children who are treated with corticosteroids should be monitored, and if the levels are low they should discuss taking vitamin D supplements with their physician.

This study is the first to suggest that vitamin D sufficiency in asthmatic children who are treated with inhaled corticosteroids is associated with improved lung function.

Source: American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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