Vitamin D deficiency linked to compromised immune function: Study
Seniors who are deficient in vitamin D also tend to have compromised immune functions including inflammation and biomarkers for heart disease, according to new research.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), investigated the association between vitamin D status and immune markers of inflammation in a large sample of older adults.
Led by Professor Sean (JJ) Strain from the University of Ulster, the Irish research team demonstrated significant associations between low vitamin D status and markers of inflammation (including the ratio of IL-6 to IL-10) within elderly adults.
“These findings suggest that an adequate vitamin D status may be required for optimal immune function, particularly within the older adult population,”? wrote the team.
Source: Vitamin D deficiency linked to compromised immune function: Study