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The latest on vitamin D and Hepatitis C

Posted on: July 19, 2011   by  John Cannell, MD

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Dear Dr. Cannell,

I have hepatitis C. Any new studies about vitamin D and hepatitis?

Andy, Florida

Dear Andy,

Last year, scientists announced an exciting development at a liver disease conference: vitamin D helped some people get rid of the infection.

Dan Even. Haaretz.com Study: Vitamin D could help fight hepatitis C. Already heralded in battling cancer, Vitamin D may also be key to curing hepatitis.

This year a small study showed vitamin D improved the chance that standard treatment, interferon, helped reduce viral loads.

Bitetto D et al. Vitamin D supplementation improves response to antiviral treatment for recurrent hepatitis C. Transpl Int. 2011 Jan; 24(1): 43-50

My advice: if you have hepatitis, keep your vitamin D levels in the high normal range, 70-90 ng/ml.

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