Thanks for the info! I wanted to have my Vitamin D level checked last year and my internist said that I didn't need to worry about it because my extra weight put pressure on my bones. I pushed the issue, had the blood tested and it was low. He put me on a temporary supplement and I have kept taking an OTC after the Rx ran out.
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Low Vitamin D may make asthma worse. Increased tendency to avoid sunlight by staying indoors and wearing sunblock and more clothing when outside likely account for inadequate Vit.D . Still unknown if Vit.D supplement would be beneficial in prevention or treatment of asthma. Source - American Journal of Respiratory and critical care medicine. May 1, 2009.
National Jewish Health Center in Denver discovered hat asthmatics with more extreme symptoms, including reduced lung unction, increased airway sensitivity and less responsiveness to steroid treatment, likely have low Vit. D levels.
Also learned asthmatics with lower Vit. D serum levels were more likely to have a higher (BMI) Body Mass Index, which indicates that the reduction in Vit D may be one way obesity and asthma are related. Taking Vit D may help lessen severity of asthma.
If you find corticosteroids don't seem to do enough to offer the relief you sek, talk with a Dr. to se if you have low Vit D serum levels.
Dr, may have you take Vit D supplements. Get plenty of sunlight, natural source of Vit D, also eat Vit D rich foods like milk, bead.
On a personal note: I cannot be out in the sun for any period of time because I will burn and blister badly. Always have since I was a child.I have worn 35 to 45 sunblock and still burned. Now it is worse since I am on medication that tells me to stay out of the sun. I take one medication with Vit D added, but I'm going to have to ask the D. if I need to take more.
Hope this info can help some of you out there.
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