Low vitamin D levels linked to chronic inflammation
When you sprain your ankle or have an infection inflammation helps to heal tissues. But when inflammation is chronic, or long term, it can contribute to conditions such as heart disease and autoimmune diseases. Researchers have found a link between chronic inflammation and low levels of vitamin D. Viv Williams has details in this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion."
ROCHESTER — Here's a good reason to make sure you're getting enough vitamin D. Researchers from the University of South Australia have found a link between low levels of vitamin D and chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is your body's way of healing tissues after injury of infection. But when inflammation persists, it ends up not being a good thing. Chronic inflammation plays a role in many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and autoimmune diseases.
If you have high levels of inflammation, you'll also have high levels of a substance called C-reactive protein.
“High levels of C-reactive protein are generated by the liver in response to inflammation," says Dr. Ang Zhou, a research associate in Clinical and Health Services at the University of South Australia. "So when your body is experiencing chronic inflammation, it also shows higher levels of C-reactive protein."
Zhou says that boosting vitamin D in people with deficiencies may reduce chronic inflammation, helping them avoid a number of related diseases.
The study is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology.
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