Vitamin D Supplements May Help Lupus Patients Avoid Cardiovascular Disease

Source: Lupus News Today

Maintaining optimal levels of vitamin D in the blood may protect against the risk of a cardiovascular disease often seen in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), according to a large literature review on the subject.

The review, “Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus,” was written by Dr. Mario García-Carrasco at Universidad Autónoma de Puebla and Dr. Jose Luis Romero-Galvez from Hospital Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado in Puebla, Mexico, and published in the scientific journalReumatología Clínica.

The overall recommendation is that it may be reasonable to give vitamin D supplements to any SLE patients who are deficient in vitamin D, and to those at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease.