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what is the connection between vitamin d deficiency and leukopenia?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
None: Vitamin d deficiency is not a common cause of leukopenia. Here in spokane wa you don't even have to check vitamin d to document deficiency, as it is universal, but not all who are deficient are leukopenic.
Dr. Thomas Rohde
Anti-Aging Medicine 35 years experience
Immune system: Low vitamin d affects immune function which may affect levels of white blood cells. A 2008 study showed that supplementing d improved WBC production of canthelicidin, a peptide which kills bacteria. Take at least 5000 iu daily and have your level checked at 3 months - it should be above 50. I keep mine at about 80 (normal 30-100) and take my probiotic daily to keep my gut immune system healthy.

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