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Have Asthma? Vitamin D May Help

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. –   Supplement your asthma action plan with Vitamin D and you may experience improved asthma control according to an article published this month in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

“There is a possible cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin D deficiency and uncontrolled asthma,” said allergist Manbir Sandhu, MD, lead author and ACAAI member. “Evidence suggests that vitamin D has a number of biologic factors that are important in regulating key mechanisms in asthma.”

Authors conducted a review of almost 60 years of literature on vitamin D and asthma.  According to the article, vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased airway hyperresponsiveness, lower lung functions, and inferior asthma control.  Vitamin D deficiency is more common with obesity, in African American ethnicity and westernization of countries reflecting a higher-risk population for asthma.  The authors recommend that long-term interventional trials be conducted in asthma patients.

“Vitamin D can complement your prescribed asthma treatment plan as it has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties, but should never be used as an alternative to prescribed medication,” said allergist Thomas Casale, M.D., co author and ACAAI Fellow. “Asthma is a serious and sometimes life threatening disease and needs to be treated that way.  Always discuss use of supplements with your allergist.”

Consumers and patients can take a simple online test to gauge their asthma symptoms and obtain a personalized plan on how to get relief at the Asthma/Allergy Relief Self-Test

“It’s important to know that if you have asthma, you should be able to feel good, be active all day and sleep well at night,” said Dr. Casale. “If you’re not, make an appointment with your allergist for a ‘tune-up’ visit.”  

September 8, 2010