Vitamin D May Help Decrease Pain for Patients With Osteoarthritis

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Higher levels of vitamin D may decrease pain and improve function in obese individuals with osteoarthritis, according to a study from the University of Florida.

Findings published in The Clinical Journal of Pain indicate that obese individuals who suffer from osteoarthritis and have adequate vitamin D levels could walk, balance and rise from sitting to standing better than obese participants with insufficient vitamin D levels. 

“Adequate vitamin D may be significant to improving osteoarthritis pain because it affects bone quality and protects cell function to help reduce inflammation. Vitamin D maintains calcium and phosphate concentration levels to keep bones strong,” lead author Toni L. Glover, an assistant professor in the UF College of Nursing, part of UF Health, said in a press release. “Increased pain due to osteoarthritis could limit physical activity, including outdoor activity, which would lead to both decreased vitamin D levels and increased obesity.”

The researchers analyzed blood samples for vitamin D levels from a racially-diverse group of 256 middle-aged and older adults. Participants also provided a self-report of knee osteoarthritis pain and completed functional performance tasks such as balance, walking and rising from sitting to standing. 

This study was part of a larger project that studies racial and ethnic differences in pain in individuals with osteoarthritis. Among the 126 obese participants, 68 were vitamin D-deficient while only 29 of the 130 non-obese participants were deficient, suggesting obesity may be associated with clinically relevant vitamin D deficiency.

 

 

Vitamin D May Help Decrease Pain for Patients With Osteoarthritis
People with osteoarthritis may want to step up their dairy intake.
If you are overweight and have osteoarthritis, you may want to bone up on your dairy products that have vitamin D. According to a University of Florida study, higher levels of vitamin D may decrease pain and improve function in obese individuals with osteoarthritis. 
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