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 onView Full Article
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