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Vitamin D levels associated with severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to recent study

A cross-sectional study observing overweight and obese children with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has found that vitamin D levels may be associated with the severity of the disease.

The study, published in European Journal of Endocrinology, found an association between vitamin D levels and the presence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis and liver fibrosis in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is caused by fat being deposited into the liver not due to excessive alcohol use. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most extreme form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Fibrosis is the formation of excess connective tissue that damages the function of the tissue or organ it is formed in. Scarring is a form of fibrosis that occurs in response to injury.

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  About: Will Hunter

Will is the Program Associate of the Vitamin D council and works on website administration, content production and editing, and fundraising. He is passionate about nutrition, exercise, and technology and how they relate to health and longevity.

One Response to Vitamin D levels associated with severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to recent study

  1. Davidclements says:

    I am wondering whether liver disease leads to a deficiency in 25-hydroxylation of vitamin D. I have a patient with NAFLD and very low 25-OH D levels despite supplementation. I suspect that if I could measure cholecalciferol and cholecalciferol sulfate in this patient those levels would be adequate. Is anyone out there investigating this? Alternatively, is there a supplement of calcidiol available for those with liver disease? (I have not been able to find this).