Association between serum vitamin D levels and cardiorespiratory fitness in the adult population of the USA
European Journal of Preventive Cardiology Oct 30, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1177/2047487318807279
Amr Marawan, Nargiza Kurbanova, Rehan Qayyum
This study used a treadmill for adults age 20-50 and tested for VO2
- Breath better if higher level of Vitamin D – meta-analysis March 2018
- Each ng extra vitamin D associated with better breathing (and 2X better for smokers) – March 2018
- Exercise capacity (VO2) 25 percent higher if high level of vitamin D – Dec 2015
- Oxygen uptake associated with higher vitamin D – up to 50 hours per week – Apr 2011
Overview Sports and vitamin D has the following summary
Athletes are helped by vitamin D by:
- Faster reaction time
- Far fewer colds/flus during the winter
- Less sore/tired after a workout
- Fewer micro-cracks and broken bones
- Bones which do break heal much more quickly
- Increased VO2 and exercise endurance Feb 2011
- Indoor athletes especially need vitamin D
- Professional indoor athletes are starting to supplement with vitamin D or use vitamin D beds
- Olympic athletes have used UV/vitamin D since the 1930's
- The biggest gain from the use of vitamin D is by those who exercise less than 2 hours per day.
- Reduced muscle fatigue with 10,000 IU vitamin D daily
- Muscle strength improved when vitamin D added: 3 Meta-analysis
- Reduced Concussions
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Military Muscle Overview Fractures and vitamin D
Vitamin D supplementation increases strength of lower muscles – Meta-analysis April 2019
Athletes helped by weekly 50,000 IU Vitamin D – RCT Aug 2019
Many Foot and ankle problems are treated by Vitamin D – review of 35 studies – Sept 2019
Vitamin D provides faster recovery after muscle overuse – April 2013
NCAA trainers are getting on board the Vitamin D train (40-50 ng)– Nov 2019
Note: Less hypertension and diabetes for those with higher levels of vitamin D
Note: Adjustment variables not stated - suspect they overadjusted for BMI, etc.
The small number of studies that have investigated the relationship between serum vitamin D levels and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) have reported conflicting results. We investigated the association between vitamin D levels and CRF in a representative sample of the US population using data from the National Health and Nutrition Survey (2001–2004).
We included participants between the ages of 20 and 49 years and excluded those with vitamin D levels at the 5% extremes of the distribution. We used survey-weighted linear regression without and with adjustment for age, sex, race, body mass index, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, C-reactive protein, hemoglobin, and glomerular filtration rate to examine the relationship between the maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) (as a surrogate for CRF) and vitamin D levels.
Of the 1995 participants, 45.2% were women, 49.1% were white, 13% had hypertension, and 4% had diabetes. The mean ± SD age was 33 ± 8.6 years, with a mean ± SD vitamin D level of 58 ± 5.3 nmol/L and a mean ± SD VO2 max of 40 ± 9.7 ml/kg/min. Participants in the highest quartile of vitamin D levels had a significantly higher CRF than participants in the lowest quartile (difference 4.3, 95% confidence interval (CI) 3.0–5.5; P < 0.001).
After adjustment for potential confounders, the difference between the highest and lowest vitamin D quartiles remained significant (difference 2.9, 95% CI 1.6–4.1; P < 0.001).
In unadjusted and adjusted linear regression, each 10 nmol/L increase in vitamin D level was associated with a significant increase in VO2 max (β = 0.78 ml/kg/min, 95% CI 0.55–1.01; P < 0.001; β = 0.51 ml/kg/min, 95% CI 0.23–0.79; P = 0.001, respectively).
Conclusions:We found an independent and robust association between serum vitamin D levels and CRF, but our results need to be validated with clinical trials examining the effect of vitamin D supplementation on CRF.
Vitamin D and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in the General Population: A Systematic Review.
Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2018 Nov 30:1-12. doi: 10.1024/0300-9831/a000490.
Eslami O1, Shidfar F1, Akbari-Fakhrabadi M2.
BACKGROUND: Up to now, the association between vitamin D and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is still inconsistent and there is a lack of a comprehensive review on this topic.
AIM: To systematically review the literature including both observational studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the association between vitamin D and CRF in the general population.
METHODS: The literature was investigated by exploring databases of PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus and ISI Web of Science as well as a manual search up to April 2017 by using related MeSH terms and key words. All the English-language articles that were conducted in the general population without any restriction on age range of participants and date of publication were included in the study.
Among the 731 records which were found initially, a total of 20 articles including 18 cross-sectional studies and 2 RCTs fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Among the cross-sectional studies, findings on the association between serum 25(OH) D and CRF were incongruent. Additionally, studies which had reported significant results varied remarkably in terms of sample size, study population and the effect size of the association. In addition, RCTs found no significant improvement in CRF following vitamin D supplementation.
Overall, evidence from cross-sectional studies does not support a strong association between vitamin D and CRF, although a number of studies demonstrated modest positive associations. Furthermore, limited RCTs did not confirm such an association. Further high quality research is needed to obtain a definite conclusion on this topic.