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Rheumatic Disease Patients Often Have Low Vitamin D Levels

June 28, 2010 by  

Rheumatic disease patients often have low vitamin D levels Two new European studies have found that vitamin D deficiencies are extremely common among individuals suffering from several different rheumatic diseases.

In the first study, a team of UK researchers assessed the vitamin D levels of 180 patients who were recently diagnosed with an inflammatory joint disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis or unexplained muscle pain. They found that 58 percent of respondents had vitamin D levels that were clinically insufficient.

For the second study, Dr. Luca Idolazzi, of the University of Verona in Italy, and his colleagues analyzed the blood work of 1,191 rheumatoid arthritis patients, discovering that 85 percent of those who were not taking supplements had lower than recommended serum levels of vitamin D.

These patients scored significantly worse on three disease activity assessments compared to those who took vitamins on a daily basis. Patients whose disease was in remission had, on average, the highest vitamin D levels.

"We have seen in studies that vitamin D deficiency is common in patients with a range of rheumatic diseases, and our results have confirmed this using several clinically accepted measures of disease activity," said Idolazzi. "What we need to see now is a range of long term studies, which examine the clinical response of patients to vitamin D supplementation."
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  • Barbara

    How about those of us who had rheumatic disease when we were children?

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Patricia Rucerito

    As I have been experiencing arthritis since a very young age, and I am also deficient in Vitamin D, I just wanted to make a suggestion to others in the same situation.

    While it is true that I have known of my Vitamin D deficiency for the past seven years, it is also true that taking a prescribed high potency V-D tablet has not impacted the deficiency. Also, I get enough sunshine as I live in south Florida.

    Just this year with the assistance of a good Dr. and valid testing, it appears that I am gluten intolerant. Since going off of gluten products, my V-D has now gone from 25 to 60!!

    So, therefore, maybe the question should be WHY do some people not absorb Vitamin D, no matter how much or the high quality of the vitamin there are given.

    If gluten intolerant, then the vili in the digestive track are damaged and incapable of absorbing not only vitamin D but other nutrients as well.

    Many Dr.s give stool tests for Celiac Diseases, and if that shows negative then you are assumed to be able to tolerate gluten, However, there is a saliva test that can be given that shows you are gluten intolerant, and not necessarily a full blown Celiac.

    I hope this information will help others get to the bottom of the problem as to WHY we do not absorb this vitamin.

  • Mary

    I did not absorb nutrients for years… and got more and more problems and pains….

    not until I took gluten and dairy out of my diet did I start to absorb nutrients and gain some health back.

    Gluten destroys the intestines of a lot of people and then we cannot get the vitamins and minerals we need from food.

    When you start to absorb nutrients your body can heal!

    I changed my diet six years ago at 37, and, found healing from fibromyalgia, addison’s diseae, migraines, body aches, fatigue, muscle pain, bone pains…..

    It’s worth the effort. Especially to get your life back!

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