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New study finds low vitamin D associated with increased risk for community-acquired pneumonia

Posted on: December 4, 2013   by  Jeff Nicklas

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Researchers using NHANES data have found that those with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to have (or have had) community-acquired pneumonia.

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the most common type of pneumonia. It is condition where the lungs become inflamed, specifically the alveoli of the lung. You acquire CAP outside the hospital setting usually by virus or bacterial infection.

CAP is prevalent today with an estimated 4 to 5 million new cases per year in the United States. Direct and indirect health costs of CAP are greater than $17 billion annually.

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1 Response to New study finds low vitamin D associated with increased risk for community-acquired pneumonia

  1. dew@richardshunter.com

    I suggest that the apparent paradox between the 2 studies mentioned at the beginning, can be easily rationalized: Taking Vit. D supplements IS NOT THE SAME as getting sunshine! Sunshine actually creates many more chemicals in our skin than just Vit. D, and we’re still finding out what they are. I suggest that one or more of them prevents pneumonia.
    Since few people take supplements, the first study – and ALL such studies, which look at people’s EXISTING Vit. D levels, are really measuring how much SUNSHINE they’ve had – More sun does lessen pneumonia. The second study only tested supplements, which is DIFFERENT. If correct, it merely shows that the supplements don’t help, because they’re different from the actual sunshine.
    Failure of the researchers to make this distinction, is the cause of much of the confusion in interpretation of the Vit. D research, all IMHO of course.

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