Skip to comments.Vitamin D deficiency in pneumonia patients associated with increased mortality
Posted on 05/10/2011 7:05:05 AM PDT by decimon
A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that adult patients admitted to the hospital with pneumonia are more likely to die if they have Vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D is known to be involved in the innate immune response to infection.
The team of researchers at Waikato Hospital and the Universities of Waikato and Otago, measured vitamin D in the blood samples of 112 adult patients admitted with community acquired pneumonia during the winter at the only acute-care hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The researchers found that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with higher mortality within the first 30 days after hospital admission for pneumonia. The association between vitamin D deficiency was not explained by patient age, sex, comorbidities, the severity of the systemic inflammatory response, or other known prognostic factors.
The authors conclude that "improved understanding of Vitamin D and its role in immunity may lead to better ways to prevent and/or treat pneumonia. We now need to investigate whether Vitamin D supplements could be a useful addition to pneumonia treatment and whether using supplements could help to prevent or reduce the severity of pneumonia among high-risk populations."
Nutrition, fiber and vitamins....all in one bowl....and it's cheap, too.
Vitamin D is sounding more and more like the supervitamin C has always been made out to be.
If I have it right then vitamin D is a regulator of many processes. Vitamin C might have more direct effects.
But then, I'm not at all sure I have it right.
We started taking 4k to 6k daily of D3 last year and have hardly had a sniffle. It is a wonder vitamin. Make sure you take D3 and the gelcaps not the tablets.
More good reason to GET OUT IN THE SUN AND ENJOY IT~!
People have been treating the sun as some vile-desease causing radiation spewing cancer ball.
ITS GOOD FOR YOU
some take the 50,000 IU dose once a week. Seems to much at one time to me.
Taking the 50,000 IU gel-tabs myself once a week for six months. Vitamin D test read 19. Guess it's supposed to be 35?
Live in the Mohawk Valley in Central NY and due to the majority of cloud cover through the year, Doc says its a bad area for Vitamin deficiency.
Amen....... me too.
I take 4,000 but day before yesterday had a little congestion, upped it to 6,000 so and a half hour in the sun and it is all gone.
The fact is not hype, but real.
One more comment....... especially about pneumonia. When you age and are around old people, ie those older than you, there is pneumonia around.
By all means get the shot, additional immunity. It is pathetic to go to the hospital and be on the way to recovery only to contract and die from pneumonia.
Yes we usually take 4,000 units but have a little cold thing going on so we upped it to 6,000 units combined with oil of oregano.
Severe 25-hydroxyvitamin D deficiency (<30 nmol/L) was common in this population (15%) and was associated with a higher 30-day mortality compared with patients with sufficient 25-hydroxyvitamin D (>50 nmol/L) (odds ratio 12.7, 95% confidence interval: 2.2-73.3, P = 0.004).If you see multiple rectangles ' ' between the numbers and the units when you look at the whole abstract - like me - maybe your system/computer is too old. I checked at the local library. Those rectangles were absent.
The units used above, nmol/L, are nanomoles per liter. Sometimes 25-hydroxyvitamin D is expressed as ng/mL or ng/ml, i.e nanograms per milliliter. For 25-hydroxyvitamin D 10 ng/ml = 25 nmol/L.
Vitamin D deficiency may partially explain why diabetics are considered to have compromised immune systems.
I don't think it's the age of the computer but not upgrading from Windows 3.1. ;-)
I do think that Staples has a puter on sale for $300.
I take D3 2000 tablets, why are gelcaps better?
>> “If I have it right then vitamin D is a regulator of many processes.” <<
Thus making it more of a hormone than a vitamin.
. Thus making it more of a hormone than a vitamin.
Gotta love the internet. You can look up anything. ;-)
From Wikipedia: "A vitamin is an organic compound required as a nutrient in tiny amounts by an organism. In other words, an organic chemical compound (or related set of compounds) is called a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by an organism, and must be obtained from the diet. Thus, the term is conditional both on the circumstances and on the particular organism."
“I take D3 2000 tablets, why are gelcaps better?”
Maybe I’m just superstituous but I feel like the tablets perhaps don’t get into my system as well as the gel caps.
The chewables are probably just as good because you chew them up. I got one bottle of the tablets by mistake but they were not chewables. We took them but since then have only used the gel caps. I have not seen the chewables at our pharmacy (CVS).
I’ll check them out next time I’m at Whole Foods. Thanks
No food, no reasonable amount of sun, will provide a therapeutic dose of vitamin d. Blood testing, supplementation, and retesting is the only way to be sure the # is over 60. This is the testable amount one needs to prevent cancer, infection, and illness.
If only doctors actually gave a hoot about vitamin d. There would be so much less illness.
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