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New link found between vitamin D deficiency and asthma

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New research shows that low levels of vitamin D may be linked to asthma, which could help doctors better treat the condition.

The study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that 47 percent of asthmatic patients who participated in the research had considerably low levels of vitamin D.

Researchers told UPI.com that the findings could be a glimmer of hope for patients struggling to control their asthma with current treatments.

"Our findings suggest that vitamin D supplementation may help reverse steroid resistance in asthmatic children and reduce the effective dose of steroids needed for our patients," researcher Dr Daniel Searing told the news service.

"If future studies confirm these findings vitamin D may help asthma patients achieve better control of their respiratory symptoms with less medication.

Studies by the American Medical Association show that just over 24 percent of adolescents may be vitamin D deficient.
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