From boosting immunity to helping bone health, the ever-growing benefits of vitamin D are apparent. Now, a new study has shown that patients who have suffered severe burns with higher levels of vitamin D recover more successfully than patients with lower levels.
The team from the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at Birmingham University assessed the recovery progress of 38 patients with severe burns over a one-year period and the correlation between their vitamin D levels, according to Med Xpress. The research found that patients with higher levels of the vitamin had a better prognosis – from improved wound healing to less scarring and fewer complications.
Researchers believe that the data shows supplementing vitamin D after someone suffers a severe burn may benefit the patient. The team also highlighted that burn patients have lower levels of the vitamin. It is thought the vitamin has antibacterial action.
Professor Janet Lord says:
“Major burn injury severely reduces vitamin D levels and adding this vitamin back may be a simple, safe and cost-effective way to improve outcomes for burns patients, with minimal cost to NHS.”
“Low vitamin D levels were associated with worse outcomes in burn patients including life threatening infections, mortality and delayed wound healing. It was also associated with worse scarring but vitamin D levels are something generally overlooked by clinicians.”
Although further clinical trials are needed, the study is the first of its kind to explore the link between vitamin D and burns. The team want to now explore why burn patients experience a steep decline of vitamin D levels.