Tag: nutritional supplements

VITAMIN D FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes:  Here we go-more vitamin D/asthma information. As noted many times before, sufficient levels of vitamin D contribute to better control of asthma. In this meta-analysis, it was clear that use of vitamin D can decrease the need for oral steroids for asthma flares, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations for asthma. Continue reading “VITAMIN D FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF ASTHMA”

VITAMIN D MAY PROTECT AGAINST ASTHMA EXACERBATIONS

FCAAIA Notes: I have posted a lot of articles about vitamin D. Here’s another one.

As has been pointed out before, vitamin D is likely one of numerous contributing factors for asthma control. Most of your vitamin D is produced in the skin with sun exposure.  Unfortunately, sun screens (while necessary) also decrease vitamin D production in the skin.  It is hard but not impossible to get sufficient vitamin D levels (≥ 30 ng/dl) only by diet.

Vitamin D supplements may help some people.  Continue reading “VITAMIN D MAY PROTECT AGAINST ASTHMA EXACERBATIONS”

STRATEGIES TO ALTER THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA

FCAAIA Notes: I guess one of the best ways to avoid having asthma is to choose the right parents, as asthma and other allergic disease are more common in children whose parents have allergies.

Of course, as shown in this study air pollution is a big risk factor for the onset and for exacerbations of asthma.  Outdoor air pollution is something over which individuals have little control (think globally; act locally!).  Indoor air pollution is easier to control.  Active and passive smoking are major triggers to allergic airway disease.  Wood stoves, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves are also a big source of indoor air pollution.

Vitamin D is a hot topic in asthma control. Continue reading “STRATEGIES TO ALTER THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CHILDHOOD ASTHMA”

VITAMIN D EASES ASTHMA, COCHRANE REVIEW FINDS

FCAAIA Notes: Studies of new theories or treatments often yield conflicting results.  But, evidence-based medicine is like a civil court not a criminal court.  That is, recommendations and treatments are based on the preponderance of the evidence, not necessarily on data beyond a reasonable doubt.  This meta-analysis of vitamin D supplementation in asthma used a relatively small number of studies that met its entry criteria.  Nonetheless, the preponderance of the evidence here is that vitamin supplementation decreases the risk of severe asthma exacerbation. Continue reading “VITAMIN D EASES ASTHMA, COCHRANE REVIEW FINDS”

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