The scientists found that adult patients suffering from pneumonia, are more likely to die if the deficiency of vitamin D.

Researchers at Waikato Hospital and University of Waikato and Otago measure vitamin D in blood samples from 112 patients. The patients treated for pneumonia during the winter.

The researchers found vitamin D deficiency is associated with a higher mortality rate in pneumonia patients.

The relationship between vitamin D deficiency is not by a factor of age, sex, comorbidity, severity of systemic inflammatory response, or other prognostic factors.

The researchers concluded vitamin D could contribute to enhance the immune system and prevent or treat pneumonia. The study is published in Respirology Journal, May 2011 edition.


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