Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common, even in Australia, with people spending less time outdoors and being more careful to avoid excess sun exposure.
It is clear that people with liver diseases are more likely to be vitamin D deficient. More importantly, we think that vitamin D deficiency makes many liver diseases progress faster and increases liver-cell damage with insults to the liver.
The Vitamin D and Liver Group is studying how vitamin D affects:
- Progression of cirrhosis and liver fibrosis
- Regeneration of the liver after injury
- Survival of liver cells after liver toxins
- Muscle function and recovery after injury