Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Vitamin D Deficiency and Osteoarthritis Study

The purpose of the study was to find out if Vitamin D supplements would have an effect on osteoarthritis. 146 people with Osteoarthritis of the knee were studied for 2 years by a team led by Dr. Timothy McAlindon, an associate professor of medicine in the rheumatology division at Tufts New England Medical Center.

They found that Vitamin D supplements did not help the participants in the study and the findings were presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. Web MD reports that the study should be considered preliminary and has not been reviewed by outside experts before it is published in a medical journal. I could not find any information about where the funding for the study came from.

During the study,  participants were only brought up to above 30 ng/ml so it appears that the study was based on below optimal levels. Web MD, however,  reports "There's no consensus on what level is optimal, but 15 to 80 nanograms per milliliter of blood is generally considered normal," according to McAlindon.

I was diagnosed with severe Vitamin D Deficiency with a level of 18 and I know over 30 people diagnosed with Vitamin D Deficiency at levels of 35 and below. I wonder what the findings would have been if the participants were brought to a higher level?

For anyone interested in learning about Vitamin D Deficiency,  Michael Holick, John Cannell, Cedric Garland, The Vitamin D Council and Grassroots Health are excellent resources.

1 comment:

  1. i had fractured my spine, toe with no injury associated to them. the spinal one was one that would have had to had been a traumatic injury. I experienced the same pain associated as with my other fractures on my little finger but my doc and i agreed not to x ray as i have had spinal problems most my life and we agreed unless another injury comes up then we will risk another as i have had so many in my life. we both assume it is another. that would be 3 fractures in 1 month. i did have a blood test and i was so deficient in vitamin D. i am currently taking high doses but also going out in the sun every day. I did research on the net and have read up quite a bit. it was great to find this site. thank you. I am currently on very strong pain killers 24/7 but am hoping that this will not be the case in the future. I also have arthritis in my hands which has flared up from no where in the last week or so and am finding things very difficult and painful with everyday living. I am only a 43year old female. if there is any advice that anyone has to help with extra things they are doing would be great. friends of the family use Emu Oil for there arthritis and swear to it for pain relief which i will be buying tomorrow. there is a lot about it on the net for anyone interested but by all accounts it is the best to use and penetrates may layers of skin and helps with swollen joints which i have only just start to suffer but it all came so fast and to my hands that are very swollen. also because i have to use a walking stick it is targeting my wrists because of the vitamin D loss it is excellerating fast. i hope the emu oil is of help to others. thank you.