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Vitamin D speeds burn healing

Major burn injury draws on the body’s vitamin D stores, reducing vitamin D levels.

In this first-of-its-kind study, over one year, doctors followed 38 people recovering from severe burns averaging 42 percent of the surface area of the body.

Compared to those with lower levels, those with higher vitamin D levels were more likely to survive, had fewer complications, had faster and more complete wound healing, and less scarring. Those with lower vitamin D levels were more likely to develop serious infections.

Discussing the findings, doctors said that clinicians treating burn patients generally overlook vitamin D levels, and that supplementing with high doses of vitamin D immediately after burn injury would boost tissue-specific antibacterial function and improve the body’s wound-healing response. Raising the circulating level of vitamin D by supplementing with high vitamin D doses may greatly improve health outcomes in burn patients.

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