Children with kidney disease may benefit from Vitamin D supplementation
According to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may benefit from vitamin D supplements. The vitamin, which is easy to find and inexpensive, may help preserve the health of the kidneys of children with CKD for longer than they would otherwise last.
Treatment for CKD normally involves using medications to inhibit the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), the hormonal system that regulates fluid balance and blood pressure in the body. However, these medications can become less effective over time, and other therapies become necessary to supplement them. Previous studies have shown that vitamin D may help in this case.
Researchers at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London analyzed data on 167 children with CKD collected in a larger study. They found that children who had lower levels of vitamin D in their bloodstreams suffered from greater loss of kidney function over the course of the study. Children who got the recommended amount of vitamin D had a 75 percent rate of kidney survival over a five-year period, whereas those who were deficient had only a 50-percent kidney survival rate.
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