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Vitamin D can help manage acute asthma attacks

Asthma is a severe problem associated with breathing system. Combined with the symptoms like wheezing, breathlessness, the problem imposes great risk to the patient and the danger ranges from person to person.

Vitamin D can help manage acute asthma attacks

Whenever a person faces Asthma attack, his bronchitis tubes linings start swelling, thus not allowing the airflow in and out from the lungs making it difficult to breathe. If one is suffering from Asthma attacks very frequently, he starts facing fatigueness, low productivity and insomnia too. Although the fatality rate associated with this problem is quite low compared to other severe diseases.

Recurrent asthma symptoms frequently cause sleeplessness, daytime fatigue, reduced activity levels and school and work absenteeism. Asthma has a relatively low fatality rate compared to other chronic diseases.

According to WHO estimates, 235 million people suffer from asthma.

Dr. Ronit Confino-Cohen, MD, of TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Meir Medical Center, and the Clalit Research Institute, and Dr. Becca Feldman of the Clalit Research Institute along with colleagues examined the associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and prevalent asthma as well as asthma exacerbations in adults.

The research team examined the medical records of nearly four million members of Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest health care provider. The Vitamin D levels of 307,900 people aged 22–50 years were measured between July 1, 2008 and July 1, 2012. Among this population, those with physician-diagnosed asthma and asthma exacerbation’s were identified. Asthma exacerbation were defined as any of the following: prescription for oral corticosteroids, over five prescriptions for short acting beta agonist and more than four visits to a physician for asthma. Researchers also took into account key predictors of asthma, such as obesity, smoking, and other chronic diseases.

The results showed among the 308,000 members 6.9 percent (21 237) had physician-diagnosed asthma compared to 5.7 percent in the general population. Serum 25-OHD levels across both groups were similar. However, among those with vitamin D deficiency, the odds of having an exacerbation were 25% greater compared to those with levels in the normal range. Moreover, they also found some great Home remedies for Asthma in Ayurveda.

Vitamin D Is produced in the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. Few foods contain naturally occurring vitamin D so the biggest dietary sources of vitamin D are fortified foods; dairy products and breakfast cereals (both of which are fortified with vitamin D), and fatty fish such as salmon and tuna. For most people the best way to get vitamin D is through vitamin D supplements. For men and women under 50 years need 400 to 800 IU daily and age 50 and older 600 to 1,000 IU daily.

“We know a lot about this disease and many therapeutic options are available. “Increasing Vitamin D levels is something we can easily do to improve patients’ quality of life.”

In closing Dr. Confino-Cohen stated “This study provided an exceptional opportunity to research asthma. I received a research grant from Clalit Health Services, which provided us with the opportunity to use their very large database and to conduct the study with the professional staff of Clalit Research Institute.” “We anticipate further prospective research that will support our findings and open a new treatment modality to the population of uncontrolled asthmatics.”


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