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October 17, 2010

Low Vitamin D Not Linked to Bone Density or Liver Fibrosis in HIV/HCV Group

NATAP: "Although more than 40% of 116 people coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) had low vitamin D levels in a prospective cohort study, low D did not correlate with either bone mineral density or liver fibrosis [1]. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University believe their findings 'suggest that efforts to increase vitamin D levels in this population may not improve bone or liver outcomes.'"

Comment: Regardless of how this turns out, there are other reasons for supplementing vitamin D, including prevention of some cancers.