Low vitamin D linked to high levels of HBV replication

While there has been evidence in prior studies associating vitamin D deficiency with hepatitis C infection, the study from Frankfurt is the first to show that patients with high hepatitis B viral load are more likely to have low levels of vitamin D.

In addition, patients who were hepatitis B antigen (HBeAg) positive had lower levels of vitamin D than HBeAg negative participants, the researchers found.

They said their hypothesis was further bolstered by the finding of inverse seasonal fluctuations between vitamin D and HBV DNA serum levels.