Vitamin D Deficiency and Chronic Liver Disease
It is a known fact that vitamin D deficiency is caused by cholestatic liver disease such as primary liver cirrhosis. The deficiency of this particular vitamin is very common and has been linked to various diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, bone fractures and deformities. But now it is being established that the deficiency of this vitamin could also be linked to alcoholic liver cirrhosis. In this article, we are going to talk about a research study which proved the same.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and is also known as the sunshine vitamin. The exposure to the sun’s rays help the skin to produce it. It is also available from dietary sources like milk and dairy products, eggs, fish, meat etc.
A research article published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology talked about the discussed vitamin deficiency aggravating alcoholic liver disease. The authors compared the Vitamin D status in patients with primary liver cirrhosis and that of alcoholic liver cirrhosis. The study concluded that the
Vitamin D deficiency
was more pronounced in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis than those with primary biliary cirrhosis. Severe dysfunction of the liver also increased the risk of developing the vitamin deficiency.
Researchers at the University of Tennessee in Memphis evaluated the Vitamin D levels in 118 chronic liver disease patients with cirrhosis. The study concluded that 92.4% of the patients had the said deficiency. Of this number, one third was severely deficient. The deficiency was a common one among patients with cirrhosis of the liver.
In fact, new research findings presented at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of The American College of Gastroenterology in Orlando revealed that people with a history of long term liver disease have the risk of the said deficiency.
Hence, it is of primary importance to regularly monitor Vitamin D levels in patients with problems of the digestive tract especially those involving the liver. It is important to maintain a healthy level of the said vitamin to prevent or aggravate any existing liver disease like cirrhosis. Vitamin D deficiency along with other health problems also increases the risk of digestive problems.