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Vitamin D deficiency 'linked to pneumonia deaths'

Vitamin D deficiency 'linked to pneumonia deaths'
11th May 2011

Older people at risk of pneumonia, who are likely to use assisted living, should ensure they consume plenty of vitamin D, a new study has indicated.

Research published in journal Respirology found that adults admitted to hospital with pneumonia are more likely to die if they have a vitamin D deficiency.

Scientists at Waikato Hospital and the Universities of Waikato and Otago, discovered that a lack of the vitamin was linked to a higher risk of mortality in the first 30 days after admission to hospital.

According to the authors: "We now need to investigate whether vitamin D supplements could be a useful addition to pneumonia treatment and whether using supplements could help to prevent or reduce the severity of pneumonia among high-risk populations."

Vitamin D has been seen to have many health benefits, with a recent study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology finding that deficiency could lead to early vision loss.

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