Vitamin D and Infectious Diseases

  • Christian WejseEmail author
  • Cecilie Blenstrup Patsche
Part of the Contemporary Endocrinology book series (COE)


Since the eighteenth century, Vitamin D-rich adjuvant therapy has been used to treat conditions, which are nowadays considered infections. The infectious disease most frequently associated with Vitamin D is tuberculosis, and early scientific studies from the nineteenth century reported on the use of cod liver oil treatment, which remained an important part of tuberculosis treatment as late as in 1960. Vitamin D plays an independent modulatory role in the immune response toward infections, and infectious diseases have been associated with Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is believed to be both a risk marker and a contributor to infectious diseases, and in recent years the association between infectious diseases, Vitamin D levels, and the use of Vitamin D adjuvant therapy have been widely examined for a number of infections. This chapter will explore these associations for tuberculosis, other respiratory tract infections, sepsis, HIV, and hepatitis.


Tuberculosis Respiratory tract infection Sepsis Human immunodeficiency virus Hepatitis C Infectious diseases Vitamin D deficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Infectious DiseasesAarhus University HospitalAarhus NDenmark
  2. 2.Center for Global Health, Dept of Public HealthAarhus UniversityAarhus NDenmark

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