Vitamin D Newsletter


Vitamin D and COPD

Debbie from South Bend writes:

Dr. Cannell: Thank you! I have been reading quite a bit on Vitamin D deficiency on your website. Very, very interesting! Thank you too, for the great work you're doing in getting the word out! I'll be spending a lot more time on the shores of Lake Mich. again this summer! I'm also supplementing with D this winter. About 5 years ago I was diagnosed with COPD, I had a respiratory incident last fall and was hospitalized and after that I started taking 5000 IU per day. I want you to know that I ran up the steps from the mail box this morning and yesterday morning. I haven't done that in years. I am a 55 year old female who smoked for almost 30 years. Very anecdotal but it's happening. I can breathe deeper too. I don't know how I can thank you.

Dr. Cannell replies:

COPD  appears to respond to vitamin D in two ways. It improves pulmonary function through an unknown mechanism and it prevents lower respiratory infections that usually exacerbate underlying lung disease. As far as helping, we need donations in order to run a national TV advertising campaign.

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