Vitamin D for the management of asthma: A Cochrane Review Summary
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Low blood levels of vitamin D (the ’sunshine vitamin’) have been linked to an increased risk of asthma attacks in children and adults with asthma. Several clinical trials have been conducted to test whether vitamin D can prevent asthma attacks and improve control of asthma symptoms in children and adults, but these results have not previously been evaluated collectively. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways, characterised by recurrent attacks of breathlessness, wheezing, cough, and chest tightness, commonly termed ‘exacerbations’. The prevalence of asthma varies widely between countries.