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More Vitamin D

I have to admit that I’m probably one of those people who jumped on the vitamin D bandwagon early. Having measured quite a few serum vitamin D levels on patients in the last 6-12 months, I’ve been surprised at just how many are deficient. No, I don’t think that vitamin D is the cure-all for everything, but it sounds like randomized studies looking at effects of vitamin D on various disease are in the works. I heard someone say recently, “throw ‘vitamin D’ into a research idea and you’ll get published.” However, the studies so far have been primarily observational. I previously wrote about vitamin D here. I just finished reading an NPR story called “Are We Overselling the Sunshine Vitamin?”  Also interesting. Since the patients I see have arthritic and/or autoimmune conditions, I will continue to recommend appropriate screening and supplementation and await the new guidelines.

More Vitamin D

A reader recently asked about vitamin D related to RA (rheumatoid arthritis). This is interesting, and something we’re learning more and more about. Vitamin D sure is a hot topic in health news lately. One reason may be that the recommended daily intake was set long ago and actually may not be enough. Another reason may be all the sunscreen we wear, although this has been disputed. In terms of autoimmune illnesses, we do know that the cells of the immune system have vitamin D receptors. Some studies have suggested low vitamin D levels could cause a flare of autoimmune diseases, but other studies have not found this to be true. Either way, your doctor can talk with you about your specific requirements and check a vitamin D level if needed.