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Vitamin D and Pneumonia

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

A new study publicised in the New Zealand Herald this week looks at the relationship between severe Vitamin D deficiencies and deaths from pneumonia.


The study completed at Waikato Hospital looked at blood samples of the 112 patients hospitalised with pneumonia. They found that the death rate was 29% for those with very low levels of Vitamin D compared to only 4% amongst those with normal or slight deficiencies. While this was an observational study, it suggests avenues for research on whether Vitamin D is a viable treatment option for respiratory diseases.