Vitamin D Newsletter


Pulmonary Function

Bill from Florida writes:

Dr. Cannell: Is it true I can smoke if I keep my vitamin D levels up?

Dr. Cannell replies:

No, that is not true. What you may be referring to is the most amazing study on vitamin D recently released. Using NHANES  III data, Dr's. Black and Scragg discovered that vitamin D levels were strongly associated with pulmonary function (how well your lungs work). Who would have thought? They found that people with the highest vitamin D levels who had smoked had better pulmonary function than those with the lowest levels who had never smoked! That is, of two things that hurt your lungs (vitamin D deficiency and smoking) vitamin D deficiency may cause more damage than smoking! However, the study said nothing about lung cancer—so stop smoking.

Page last edited: 17 August 2010