Vitamin D: Deficiency May Persist Post Kidney Transplant

By Kristina Fiore
Published on May 15, 2014

The news: Vitamin D: Deficiency Persists Post Kidney Transplant

“We expected our levels to be a little bit better [than other kidney transplant centers] because we live in California with 300 days of sunlight a year,” stated Rahul Dhawan, DO, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “But vitamin D deficiency patients have specific risk factors, and our transplant patients had those same risk factors or more.”

Intro and background info: : What’s all this about Vitamin D, anyway?

There are studies that show that reduced levels of Vitamin D may play a role in heart disease as reported by science daily and other publications and studies.

“Chronic vitamin D deficiency may be a culprit in heart disease, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome,” said Sue Penckofer, PhD, RN, study author and professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago.

If you have Low Vitamin D (insufficiency or deficiency) you may be a sitting duck for:

• Depression: A growing number of studies indicate that there is a link between Vitamin D deficiency and depression.

• Obesity: you might be heavier because of what you’re not eating as opposed to what you are! It turns out that Vitamin D even optimizes your body’s ability to absorb other important weight-loss nutrients, especially calcium. This is not to say that you can go whole-hog and eat everything in sight, but it’s an interesting fact to keep in mind if you are trying to lose weight.

• Infectious Disease: A recent article in Science Daily concluded that Vitamin D could actually help boost immunity and aid your body in functioning more efficiently.

• Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Hypertension: All symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Your body needs calcium to maintain healthy bones. As mentioned above, Vitamin D aids your body in absorbing that much needed calcium. Without it, calcium is leeched from your bones, weakening them. Additional symptoms of low Vitamin D can include frequent bone fractures and inflammatory gum disease (periodontal disease).