Study Finds Association Between Vitamin D and Liver Fibrosis
Liver fibrosis occurs when the healthy tissue of your liver becomes scarred and therefore cannot work as well. If the scarring continues to progress, it results in liver cirrhosis. According to researchers from Mahidol University, Thailand, vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of liver fibrosis.
The researchers reviewed 18 studies that examined the association between vitamin D and liver health. Fourteen of the studies examined the association between vitamin D levels and liver fibrosis in people with chronic liver disease. The other four studies investigated genetic variations that affected vitamin D levels related to liver fibrosis.
They found a significant association between low vitamin D levels and an increased risk of liver fibrosis. They also found a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in people with liver fibrosis, and suggested that vitamin D status might be useful as a marker of the progression of liver fibrosis.
The researchers also suggested that vitamin D supplementation might help reduce the risk of liver fibrosis.
The study was published in the January, 2019 issue of Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy.