Have asthma? Get your vitamin D level checked.
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey 2011, 41.6% of people are deficient in Vitamin D. Who has the highest rates of deficiency? In blacks it was 82.1% and in Hispanics 69.2%. (Prevalence and correlates of vitamin D deficiency in US adults)
Why is this important for patients with asthma? Low levels of vitamin D in kids and adults in some studies are associated with poor asthma control, reduced lung function, increased medications intake and increased exacerbations. Severe and uncontrolled adult asthma is associated with vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency.
More studies are still needed to prove this association, supplementation and restoration to normal levels of > 30 ng/ml lead to improved control, less medication, few exacerbations, and improved lung function.
What are some natural ways to increase your vitamin D? Get some sunshine- 1 hour a day of direct light activates your skin to naturally produce vitamin D. Want to eat your vitamin D? Most dairy products contain vitamin D along with mushrooms, eggs, oysters and fortified tofu.