New research suggests that maintaining a nutritional diet could be even more important for patients who need a lung transplant. The study, conducted by scientists at Loyola University Health System, shows that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increasing number of lung transplant rejections.
The researchers suggested that when patients are set to undergo lung transplant surgery, they are putting themselves at risk for their body to reject the organ. For the study, 122 patients who had received this surgery were examined over a three-year period. Each of the subject's vitamin D levels were checked once the transplant was complete.
In their findings, the investigators discovered that half of the participants were vitamin D deficient, while it was unknown for another 32 percent. The deficiency was also prevalent among the patients whose bodies rejected the new organ.
The researchers concluded that vitamin D may help the immune system tolerate the organ. As a result, lung transplant patients could improve their health by adding this nutrient to their diet.
According to the scientists, vitamin D could also help to reduce the risk for developing other problems such as cancer, heart disease, depression, diabetes or osteoporosis.