Asthma attacks can be controlled by Vitamin D

An Israeli research has found that asthma flare ups can be helpped by boosting the level of Vitamin D in deficients asthmatics.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014, 00:30 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

London: An Israeli research has found that asthma flare ups can be helpped by boosting the level of Vitamin D in deficients asthmatics.

Dr Ronit Confino-Cohen from University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, said that Vitamin D has significant immunomodulatory effects and is believed to have an effect on asthma - an immunologically mediated disease.

Between 2008 and 2012, 307,900 people were measured with levels of Vitamin D.

In Israel out of some 21,000 asthma pateients studied, 25 percent were those with a Vitamin D deficiency were more likely than other asthmatics to have had at least one flare-up in the recent past.

The medical records of nearly four million members of Clalit Health Services, Israel's largest health care provider, were analysed by Dr Confino-Cohen and her team.

She further added that the results add more evidence to the link between Vitamin D and asthma, suggesting beneficial effects of Vitamin D on asthma exacerbations.

While most of the Vitamin D in people's bodies comes from exposure to the sun, dermatologists recommend obtaining the ingredient from other sources - fish, eggs, cod liver oil, fortified milk, or a dietary supplement - due to the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

The researchers, based on the findings, recommends that people whose asthma cannot be controlled with existing treatments have their Vitamin D levels tested.

The paper appeared in the journal Allergy.