Vitamin D deficiency can worsen symptoms of asthma in obese children

We are well aware that some nutrients are essential for sustaining important bodily functions. Vitamin D happens to be one. Traditionally we knew that a lack of Vitamin D could lead to complications like Rickets. However, there are other associated risks that need to be considered.

Now it is widely believed that low levels of the nutrient could cause problems for the respiratory system. Particularly, for obese children living under air pollutions who are more prone to asthma. The symptoms of asthma were likely to exacerbate for the children and the effects were likely to be intense when indoors.

Scientists have therefore suggested to include Vitamin D in the diet which can potentially improve the condition.

Lack of Vitamin D & Asthma

To investigate further, a group of scientists from John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Maryland got together. They aimed at examining the relationship between asthma and lack of vitamin D for children who grow up in polluted environments.

For their purpose, the scientists collected data of about 120 children and noted down changes in blood levels. The study was held in the Baltimore area and continued for a period of 9 months. At the same time, the level of air pollution was also observed over the course of the research.

Out of the participating population, all had existing symptoms of asthma. 1 out of every 3 children in the sample was obese.

When the study concluded, scientists found out that the places with the highest level of indoor air pollution were likely to have obese children. Subsequently, the children also possessed a lack of Vitamin D in their diet. Suffice to say from what research tells us, lack of this nutrient is a big contributory risk factor.

The findings, although conducted in Baltimore, is nonetheless applicable for most urban centers of USA. Majority of the regions find themselves engulfed in the air pollution menace. Also, children are more likely to remain indoors for the most part of their childhood life in these urban areas. While the pollution itself leads to the development of asthma, deficiency of Vitamin D can increase the risk of symptoms.

What needs to be done?

The study should highlight that there is a need more than ever to make changes in your lifestyle. Particularly attention needs to be drawn towards children who are obese and suffer from asthma.

In the first case scenario, amendments in the daily diet is needed. What that means is that Vitamin D should be included as a must. While we know the nutrient to be important for stronger bone density, there are other benefits that can be entailed. As the research stated, deficiency of the vitamin can intensify the symptoms of asthma among children.

You can obtain Vitamin D from a variety of sources. The most common ones include fatty fish, beef liver and egg yolks.

On the other hand, there is also a need to improve the indoor air quality. There are some preventive measures which can be adopted. Installing an air purifier may lead to better air being circulated within the premises. Try avoiding to smoke and use candles which also pollute the air.


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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