Vitamin D supplements may lower risk of severe asthma attacks and respiratory infections

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Here is good news for people who have asthma; adding vitamin d to your daily diet can cut the risk of serious asthma attacks. Asthma is a chronic disease which is caused by inflammation and obstruction of airways up to the lungs.

The underlying causes of asthma are yet unclear, but the common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and tightness. An asthma attack is triggered by exposure to allergens and irritants of its kind such as grass, weed, smoke, and other pollutants.

According to a study at nine clinical trials, an analysis has been made which shows that daily intake of vitamin D supplements in our diet has proven to lower the risk and severity of asthma attacks.

The review showed thatvitamin D supplements ranging from 400 to 4,000 units a day have shown to reduce the possibility of asthma attacks causing requiring medication by 37 percent.

Vitamin D triggers antiviral and anti-inflammatory responses in the lung causing these muscles to relax. These reactions might decrease the risk for a lung infection in any case.

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The study was done at Cochrane and the reviews made are as follows:

• Vitamin D is made in the skin when it is exposed to sunlight for some amount of time. People living in cold countries often do suffer from respiratory diseases as they are not exposed to sunlight for most of the times due to which there is a deficiency of Vitamin D.
• Cochrain reviews have found out evidence that patients who take an oral Vitamin D supplement along with standard asthma medication are more likely to reduce severe asthma attacks.
• An individual suffering from asthma have swollen airways, mucus-clogged and tighten because they become inflamed. Inflammation is caused by the body’s response to an injury, irritation, and infection. Doctors recommend the use of Vitamin D pills because it helps in reducing inflammation.
• Theoretically, it makes the airways healthier by building better Airways in childhood which helps in reducing the risk of an asthma attack and improves the symptoms of asthma.
• Scientists and doctors recommend the use of Vitamin D pills because it helps in making the immune system smarter and stronger by producing defensive actions against all type of germs and allergens. This more intelligent immune system helps in reducing the inflammation and the probability of developing any infection or a severe asthma attack.

Scientists are doing researches to understand whether vitamin D supplements during pregnancy will reduce the chance of foetus to develop asthma. Studies are being carried out to see whether vitamin D sufficient children have a reduced risk of developing asthma.

Image00083The link between sunlight and asthma?

Sunlight plays an essential role in controlling asthma symptoms. Exposure to sunlight helps in providing Vitamin D which can assist in managing symptoms of severe asthma attack. Experts have shown that “Asthma is controllable but not curable.” Patients who are suffering from asthma can only manage this problem up to some extent but can’t find a proper cure. By making certain modifications in lifestyle and they have to religiously follow their medication routine.

Studies have found that children with asthma had much lower levels of Vitamin D and spent less time in the sun as compared to other kids. Also, the highest population associated with asthma belong to the region with weak sunshine, low temperature, and rainfall.

Can getting enough Vitamin D in pregnancy and childhood can prevent asthma..?

• Pregnant women start taking vitamin D supplements to their regular diet; it can help to prevent asthma signs or warnings in the foetus.
• But some studies have shown no connection between the amount of vitamin D in cord blood and the chances of their child to get asthma at a later stage.studies are still carried out to understand that if getting enough vitamin D during pregnancy and early childhood prevent asthma in children.

Can getting enough Vitamin D helps in improving the effects of medication in asthma?

The medication of asthma helps in controlling the effects in lungs by preventing inflammation. Patients take dummy pill which they inhale through their nose to prevent the symptoms of asthma. Studies have shown that patients who take vitamin D supplements along with these dummy pills had fewer asthma attacks.


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