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• Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are prone to hypovitaminosis D because of their photosensitivity.

• Vitamin D has beneficial effects not only on bone metabolism but also on the function of the immune system.

• Vitamin D levels depend on many variables, including sun exposure, age, ethnicity, body mass index, use of medications and supplements.

• Patients with SLE avoid the sun because of photosensitive rashes and potential for disease flare, so adequate oral supplementation is critical.

• In addition, to the traditional known metabolic activities, vitamin D has been shown to modulate the immune system, and its deficiency has been linked to the development of several autoimmune disorders including SLE.

• The purpose of this review was to determine if vitamin D has an immunosuppressive effect and if it can suppress autoimmunity.

• The findings indicated that repletion of vitamin D has benefits beyond bone health for patients with certain autoimmune disorders, such as SLE.

Department

Physician Assistant Studies

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Publication Date

2016

Keywords

Autoimmune Diseases -- therapy; Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic -- therapy; Vitamin D -- therapeutic use; Vitamin D Deficiency -- complications

Disciplines

Rheumatology

Vitamin D Supplementation and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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