Vitamin D and adult asthma: Role for diagnosis or exacerbations?

Posted on: September 6, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas

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A large new study out of Israel and published in Allergy has found that vitamin D deficiency significantly increases the risk of adult asthma exacerbations and morbidity, but does not influence risk of physician-diagnosed asthma.

While asthma is a lifelong chronic condition, much of the focus on this condition is during childhood where the majority of diagnoses occur. Often overlooked is the similar prevalence rates in adults. A 2012 survey revealed that the prevalence of asthma in children was 9.3% compared to 8.0% in adults.

Adults with asthma experience unique complications related to their age of diagnosis, such as an increased number of sick days taken because of asthma-associated symptoms.

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