Dear Dr. Cannell,
I have hepatitis C. Any new studies about vitamin D and hepatitis?
Last year, scientists announced an exciting development at a liver disease conference: vitamin D helped some people get rid of the infection.
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.