There's been a lot of hype in the news lately that a lack of Vitamin D leads to an increased risk of respiratory infections, like the flu or common cold. And, people who have a pre-existing respiratory disease - like asthma, or COPD - appear to be at a higher risk for this association.
Alas, a new COPD clinical study is also in the news, and is designed to test the hypothesis that an improved Vitamin D status in the body leads to a reduction of respiratory infections in patients who have COPD and an overall improvement in COPD outcomes.
Now accepting participants, the study encourages both men and women to apply. To be considered for the study, you must have a primary diagnosis of COPD exacerbation, a smoking history of at least 10 pack years, and a GOLD stage as measured by spirometry testing, of either moderate, severe or very severe COPD.
For more information and to find out if you qualify, visit:
What can you do to boost your levels of Vitamin D? Here are some tips:
- Eat salmon, with the bones
- Drink 3 cups of milk per day
- Get 15 minutes of sunshine per day. If you don't live in a sunshine infested state (like mine) then,
- Take a multivitamin, with 200 international units of Vitamin D
Want more information about COPD clinical trials? Visit the COPD Forum.