Tuberculosis (TB) could be treated more effectively if patients were given vitamin D in addition to antibiotics, new research suggests.
Vitamin D was used to treat TB patients in the pre-antibiotic era, with patients prescribed a therapy known as “forced sunbathing” to increase their vitamin D production.
Researchers conducted a study of 95 patients at hospitals across London and gave some patients a combination of antibiotics and vitamin D pills, while others received a placebo along with their antibiotic treatment.
It was found that those patients who were given vitamin D made a full recovery after an average of 23 days, while the other group needed an average of 36 days to clear the infection.
The findings are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.