A recent study conducted has shown some promise that the lack of Vitamin D might be one of the reasons people suffer from osteoarthritis or risk getting it. The U.S department of agriculture has stated that those who lack vitamin D in their diet are more likely to develop osteoarthritis, which affects over 28 million Americans alone.
The scientists who were responsible for carrying out the research took a sample set of 418 volunteers with knee osteoarthritis and their blood samples. It was found that volunteers who had low level of vitamin D in their blood serum had their risk of knee osteoarthritis doubled over the course of the study, which was 4 years long.
The scientists concluded that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for increased knee osteoarthritis progression and that increased, adequate dietary intake may be beneficial for those with knee osteoarthritis. Most patients who have low levels of vitamin D also suffer from inflammatory rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA) and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).
Therefore the correlation between vitamin D deficiency and osteoarthritis has come out to be very strong through this research. The Doctors who carried out the research suggest that those who do suffer from osteoarthritis maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D through the intake of either fatty fish like salmon and tuna, fortified milk, egg yolks or the most obvious form that’s completely free…sunlight.
If you do suffer from osteoarthritis it’s best to head over to a doctor to get a quick check on your vitamin D levels. If you are in fact deficient in vitamin D the aforementioned tips above will help you get them back up and also help in stalling the severity of osteoarthritis and additionally provide some level of pain relief naturally.