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Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, and Vitamin D

More and more research has been appearing in the medical literature that shows that nutrition plays a important role in wellness, especially in regard to certain illnesses. Low levels of vitamin D, in particular, have been linked to heart disease, poor immune function, and cancer, according to Harvard University.

A new study in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases looked at the role of vitamin D in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. They measured vitamin D, quality of life, and performed a general health assessment. They compared these patients to healthy control subjects.

The authors found that, “the level of vitamin D in [arthritis] patients was significantly lower than controls…” 50% of the patients were deficient in vitamin D and 25% had lower than normal levels.

Those patients who also had fibromyalgia had even lower levels of vitamin D.

In our office, we approach all health issues from a functional medicine approach, meaning that we assess a variety of factors (including vitamin D levels) that might be contributing to your condition. By looking at all of the possible factors that can lead to disease, we’re able to create a treatment plan that helps restore your body’s natural function without drugs or surgery.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment in our Bloomington office, please give us a call at (217) 249-4808. We work with patients in the Bloomington, Peoria, Decatur, and Champaign communities.

Gheita TA, Sayed S, Gheita HA, Kenawy SA. Vitamin D status in rheumatoid arthritis patients: relation to clinical manifestations, disease activity, quality of life and fibromyalgia syndrome. International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. 2014; doi: 10.1111/1756-185X.12426

November 11, 2014
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