Article Publish Status: FREE
Abstract Title:

Vitamin D supplementation in respiratory diseases: evidence from randomized controlled trials.

Abstract Source:

Pol Arch Intern Med. 2017 Nov 30 ;127(11):775-784. Epub 2017 Nov 2. PMID: 29112181

Abstract Author(s):

Carolien Mathyssen, Ghislaine Gayan-Ramirez, Roger Bouillon, Wim Janssens

Article Affiliation:

Carolien Mathyssen


Pulmonary diseases are one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality. Although vitamin D is best known for its role in calcium, phosphorus, and bone homeostasis, it has gained attention in the recent years because of a wide range of extraskeletal effects, including its immunomodulatory and antibacterial potential. Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in chronic pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, and asthma, and several clinical studies have been conducted investigating the effect of vitamin D supplementation on disease outcomes. In this review, we searched for positive evidence on vitamin D supplementation from randomized controlled trials and elaborated on the optimal serum vitamin D levels and dosing regimens for an effective intervention. While vitamin D supplementation seems to be beneficial as an add‑on treatment for adult patients with asthma and a potent intervention to reduce exacerbations in patients with COPD, there is little evidence for its therapeutic use in cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

Study Type : Review

Print Options

Key Research Topics

Sayer Ji
Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Subscribe to our informative Newsletter & get Nature's Evidence-Based Pharmacy

Our newsletter serves 500,000 with essential news, research & healthy tips, daily.

Download Now

500+ pages of Natural Medicine Alternatives and Information.

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or preventing any type of disease or medical condition. Before beginning any type of natural, integrative or conventional treatment regimen, it is advisable to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.

© Copyright 2008-2022 GreenMedInfo.com, Journal Articles copyright of original owners, MeSH copyright NLM.