Dr. Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Michael F. Holick

Infectious Diseases and Vitamin D

Posted by admin on November 27, 2008 under Infectious Disease, Vitamin D | 4 Comments to Read

It has long been recognized that patients with tuberculous do better when treated with vitamin D or exposed to sunlight.  It was recently recognized that the immune cell known as the macrophage needs vitamin D in order to produce a peptide which is responsible for killing infectious agents such as tuberculous.  It has been speculated that one of the reasons that influenza occurs in the winter time in tepid climates is because the sun is unable to produce vitamin D, and the resulting vitamin D insufficiency may promote and enhance the infectivity of the influenza virus.  

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  • kathy said,

    Can vitamin d of 15,000 be causing symptoms of paresthesia?

  • admin said,

    Dear Kathy
    I have not found that vitamin D, even 50,000 IUs taken once a week, will cause paresthesia.

  • Flavio said,

    Dear Dr.,

    My son has vitiligo and I have read some roles that Vitamin D plays about it. But my question is how can he absorve D3 since he is following a rigid “bad” cholesterol / gluten-free diet?


  • admin said,

    Dear Flavio,
    Vitamin D is absorbed efficiently on an empty stomach, full stomach, with and without fat, so being on the rigid cholesterol/gluten-free diet should have no impact.

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