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Can vitamin D help treat bronchiectasis?

Posted on: March 12, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD

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Bronchiectasis is a disease caused by localized, irreversible increase in the diameter of part of the bronchial tree caused by previous destruction of the muscle and elastic tissue. It is classified as an obstructive lung disease, along with emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Involved bronchi are dilated, inflamed, and easily collapsible, resulting in airflow obstruction and impaired clearance of secretions.

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1 Response to Can vitamin D help treat bronchiectasis?

  1. Rita and Misty

    I know that Cystic fibrosis causes about a third of all bronchiectasis cases in the United States, and that some studies do indicate a benefit from Vitamin D supplementation for Cystic fibrosis.

    IMO..the recommended blood serum level is always (always) too low…for example, in the attached linked below, the study recommends achieving and maintaining 25(OH)D level of 30 ng/ml.

    What good will that do? That is deficiency level!!!!!!!!

    When will researchers get it right?

    (I’m so impatient…but we’ve waited such a long time, right?).

    I think to treat disease, levels will need to be up around 100 ng/ml to 150 ng/ml. This is only a prediction on my part, but boy would I like to do research with these blood levels as target goals.

    I hope I live to see my prophecy come true.

    Rita Celone Umile
    http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ije/2010/218691/

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