According to a report, Vitamin D deficiency may now be linked to chronic widespread pain. According to an article published by Medical News Today, a study was to be presented at the conference run by the British Society for Rheumatology. In the United Kingdom, there is chronic widespread pain among the population. Chronic pain was affecting 1 in 5 people and could be caused by rheumatic and neurological disorders. The study also revealed that around 50% of UK adults have a vitamin D deficiency, a condition that has been linked to osteoporosis and increased preeclampsia risk in pregnant women, among other outcomes.
For this study, researchers used data of 2,300 men in the European Male Ageing Study. The results of the study showed that men with vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study were more than twice as likely to experience chronic pain in comparison to the men with high levels of vitamin D levels in their body.
I have stated many times that there is a big vitamin D deficiency in many of the patients I see in the Midwest. Vitamin D is found in foods like mushrooms, egg yolks and milk. Exposure to natural sunlight is also another excellent source of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D also helps prevent cancer and type 2 diabetes. More study needs to be done to see if indeed it does help with chronic pain, but for many reasons, please do not forget to have your Vitamin D levels checked! Let me know if you have any questions. If you need more help with your health, please do not hesitate contact my office for an appointment.
Dr. Shah, MD
Sources: Chronic pain linked to vitamin D deficiency in men – Medical .., http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275615.php (accessed September 10, 2015).