Register Log In Login with facebook

Overview Tuberculosis and Vitamin D

TB has been increasing
TB global incidence
There are many indications that vitamin D can both PREVENT and TREAT TB

  • As with many other diseases, VitaminDWiki expects that there will be a at least a 4X range of vitamin D due to:
    • 4X range in the response in the vitamin D blood level for the same IU dose - for healthy, non-obese, people
  • Also expect that co-factors will prove to be very important
  • UV appears to be as powerful or perhaps more powerful than vitamin D at TREATING TB

See also VitaminDWiki

Chart by Wagner and Hollis,  downloaded from Grassroots April 2010 – video expected June
Items in both categories TB and Intervention are listed here:

Pages listed in BOTH of the categoriesTB and Genetics

See also web

A. Martineau: TB and Vitamin D

  • Search VitaminDWiki for Martineau 229 items as of July 2017
  • The role of vitamin D in tuberculosis pathogenesis and treatment April 2014
    A. Martineau, presented at 16th International Congress on Infectious Diseases - abstract-only online
    32% of people are infected with TB
    Vitamin D was used to treat TB in the pre-antibiotic era, and its active metabolite,
    1,25-dihydoxyvitamin D, has long been known to enhance the immune response to mycobacteria in vitro.
    Vitamin D deficiency is common in patients with active TB,
  • A. Martineau organized the Vitamin D conference in England - April 23-25 2014
  • Vitamin D and tuberculosis: more effective in prevention than treatment?
    Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2015 Aug;19(8):876-7. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.15.0506.
    Davies PD1, Martineau AR2. text not available for 6 months (Jan 2016)

TB arrested by cod-liver oil (containing vitamin D) in 1848 was 3X better than other treatments at the time

CLICK HERE if registered (free) for updated analysis of the 1848 study

Vitamin D Receptor ApaI Gene Polymorphism and Tuberculosis Susceptibility: A Meta-Analysis (Feb 2014)

Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2014 Feb 26.
Areeshi MY1, Mandal RK, Panda AK, Haque S.

Aim: Vitamin D performs its actions through the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which acts as a transcriptional factor. Many case-control studies have been performed in the past to elucidate the association of the ApaI polymorphism of VDR gene and the risk of tuberculosis (TB). However, these studies have shown inconsistent and conflicting results. In the present study, a meta-analysis was performed to investigate the potential relationship between the VDR ApaI gene polymorphism and the risk of TB.

Methodology: A quantitative synthesis was performed for the published studies based on the association between the VDR ApaI gene polymorphism and the risk of TB retrieved from PubMed (Medline) and EMBASE web databases. A meta-analysis was performed, and pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) were calculated for all the genetic models.

Results: We observed a decreased risk of TB in allelic contrast (a vs. A: p=0.009; OR=0.869, 95% CI=0.782 to 0.965), homozygous (aa vs. AA: p=0.006; OR=0.724, 95% CI=0.575 to 0.910), and heterozygous (aA vs. AA: p=0.698; OR=0.948, 95% CI=0.722 to 1.243) comparisons. Similarly, dominant (aa+Aa vs. AA: p=0.032; OR=0.842, 95% CI=0.720 to 0.985) and recessive (aa vs. AA+Aa: p=0.027; OR=0.796, 95% CI=0.650 to 0.975) models also demonstrated a decreased risk of TB, whereas a heterozygous genotype (Aa vs. AA: p=0.109; OR=0.873, 95% CI=0.740 to 1.030) did not indicate any association with the risk of TB. There was no evidence of publication bias and heterogeneity test.

Conclusions: This meta-analysis suggests that ApaI polymorphism of the VDR gene is significantly associated with a decreased risk of TB. However, future larger studies with groups of populations are warranted to analyze this association.
PMID: 24571812

TB Day review by Vitamin D Council March 2014

Has the following infographic

TB Review at Vitamin D Council May 2014

  • 1 in 3 people have latent TB
  • 1 in 10 people with latent TB get TB (1 in 30 overall)
  • More vitamin D has been associated with both prevention and treatment of TB,
    Just as the sun has been long associated with TB prevention and treatment

TB, Vitamin D and lipid metabolism (June 2014)

Cutting Edge: Vitamin D Regulates Lipid Metabolism in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection.
J Immunol. 2014 Jun 4. pii: 1400736. Epub ahead of print
Salamon H1, Bruiners N2, Lakehal K2, Shi L3, Ravi J2, Yamaguchi KD1, Pine R4, Gennaro ML4.

Vitamin D has long been linked to resistance to tuberculosis, an infectious respiratory disease that is increasingly hard to treat because of multidrug resistance. Previous work established that vitamin D induces macrophage antimicrobial functions against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In this article, we report a novel, metabolic role for vitamin D in tuberculosis identified through integrated transcriptome and mechanistic studies. Transcriptome analysis revealed an association between vitamin D receptor (VDR) and lipid metabolism in human tuberculosis and infected macrophages. Vitamin D treatment of infected macrophages abrogated infection-induced accumulation of lipid droplets, which are required for intracellular M. tuberculosis growth. Additional transcriptomics results showed that vitamin D downregulates the proadipogenic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) in infected macrophages. PPARγ agonists reversed the antiadipogenic and the antimicrobial effects of VDR, indicating a link between VDR and PPARγ signaling in regulating both vitamin D functions. These findings suggest the potential for host-based, adjunct antituberculosis therapy targeting lipid metabolism.
Copyright © 2014 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.
PMID: 24899504

Tuberculosis & Interleukin-32 – patent applied for – Aug 2014

Tuberculosis is controlled by Interleukin-32 when it has enough Vitamin D – patent applied for – Aug 2014

Overview Tuberculosis and Vitamin D        

32889 visitors, last modified 27 Jul, 2017, URL:

Printer Friendly PDF this page! Follow this page for updates

Attached files

ID Name Comment Uploaded Size Downloads
3731 TB Vitamin D Council.jpg admin 25 Mar, 2014 12:08 99.72 Kb 3474
3608 Bsml decreases TB.pdf PDF 2013 admin 08 Feb, 2014 14:31 620.12 Kb 1472
3575 TB Dec 2013.pdf PDF - 2013 admin 24 Jan, 2014 02:18 469.10 Kb 1730
2368 TB 28 year.pdf PDF admin 14 Apr, 2013 15:38 380.17 Kb 1649
See any problem with this page? Report it (FINALLY WORKS)