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Vitamin D Supplements Have Possible, But Still Unclear, Benefits in People Living With HIV

January 17, 2012

Two new studies on vitamin D supplementation suggest slight benefits in bone health for people living with HIV. However, neither provided enough evidence to recommend widespread vitamin D supplementation.

Before we get into the studies, let's have a quick Biology 101 refresher. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium, the key mineral in bones. When our levels of vitamin D decrease, levels of a parathyroid hormone increase. This hormone draws calcium out from the bones, leading to higher chances of osteoporosis and fracture.

The first study, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), tested whether or not vitamin D supplementation helped prevent bone loss among young HIV-positive individuals on

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Comment by: JohnS. (Atlanta, GA) Fri., Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm EST
My doc. recommended Vitamin D3 supplement of 2000 IUs per day, but I settled on "Caltrate" (Vitamin D3 400 IU + Calcium 600MG).
Keep in mind we get some Vitamin D naturally through the sun.
Both Vitamin D and Calcium are necessary for bone health!
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Comment by: Henry Lahore (Seattle, Washington) Tue., Jan. 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm EST
Vitamin D can help HIV a lot
Here are links to over 50 studies on HIV and vitamin D
http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=1078
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