Vitamin D deficiency high in Ugandan TB (AIDS-defining illness) patients

In the present study, researchers wanted to know if patients admitted to the hospital for tuberculosis in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, were vitamin D deficient or not.

They measured vitamin D levels among other things in 260 consecutively admitted tuberculosis patients. They found vitamin D deficiency was common, despite Uganda close proximity to the equator and having an abundance of sunshine.

…The researchers also noticed that vitamin D deficiency was more common in patients with HIV co-infection, low CD4 cell counts (a type of cell that helps your immune system) and anemia.

What’s the bigger problem: vitamin D deficiency or HIV-positivity?

[Source: Vitamin D Council]

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