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Home arrow Blog arrow VITAMIN D MEANS LESS PAIN
Ann Rheum Dis 2008
According to this new study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases women who achieve optimal levels of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) are less likely to suffer from chronic widespread pain.

Vitamin D3 (technically a hormone) was well known in the past as a cure for rickets in children. Besides its critical involvement with bone health recent research has shown its affect on the immune system. This evidence indicates that getting enough vitamin D helps protect/treat cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, back pain, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, breast, prostate, colon, and other cancers.

About 10% of the population suffers from chronic widespread pain, which is pain that occurs on both sides of the body, above and below the waist, and lasts for longer than three months. This is the type of pain that characterizes fibromyalgia syndrome, but it can also occur without fibromyalgia.

This research study looked at the range of vitamin D levels at which people were more likely to experience chronic pain. Almost 7,000 people provided information about body pain and had their vitamin D3 levels measured.

The researchers found that vitamin D status was associated with chronic widespread pain in women. Women with the highest vitamin D levels were least likely to have chronic pain. Those with lower levels of Vitamin D were 150% likely to have chronic pain as were women with the highest levels.

Study researchers made the usual innocuous recommendation. "Follow-up studies are needed to evaluate whether higher vitamin D intake might have beneficial effects on chronic widespread pain risk," the authors concluded. In other words, suffer while we do more tests.

You could get a start on maintaining proper Vitamin D levels by eating foods rich in it-organic, pasture-produced eggs, and extremely limited amounts of salmon and herring (because of the polluted oceans). Everyone always mentions sun exposure. The problem is that we're seeing people in sun rich locales like Hawaii and Arizona with sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D. No one knows why this is yet.

I suggest getting a 25 hydroxy Vitamin D test. This is the only test that provides specific information about your vitamin D status. Then you can figure out what you would need in terms of supplementation.


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