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Taking vitamin D in addition to drugs reduces severe asthma attacks, finds review

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4809 (Published 06 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4809
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma drugs reduces the risk of severe asthma attacks that require systemic corticosteroids and lowers exacerbations needing hospital admission or emergency department care, a Cochrane review of clinical trials in adults and children with asthma has found.1

Low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with increased risk of asthma attacks in children and adults with asthma. Several clinical trials have investigated whether vitamin D might improve control of asthma but have …

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