Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Arthritis Pain
Recent research has effect of vitamin D level in your body on the intensity of pain an arthritis patient might suffer from. As most of us are aware of, sunlight is a potential source of vitamin D and in the present lifestyle that we follow; we rarely get out in the sun. The lack of vitamin D in individuals is more in areas that have long winters. This is why people in those regions are advised to have supplements for this nutrient. This might be a reason for a lower level of this vitamin in our body. Out of many reasons why you need to keep your vitamin D level high, here is another one and that is to ease off pain in osteoarthritis patients. A research was conducted on African-Americans and researchers came up with the result that lower level of vitamin D might result in greater sensitivity to pain in knee arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common reasons for pain in the joints. Most often it affects the knees, fingers and hips and cause stiffness, swelling and pain. About 30 million Americans have been found to be suffering from arthritis and an overall 46% of the population is at risk of developing this disease. Apart from its effect in these patients, vitamin D has a crucial role to play and low level of this vital nutrient might make you vulnerable to cancer, diabetes and reduced immunity. A research was conducted on 94 people that included 45 black and 49 white people. All of them were in the age of 56 years (approximate). The subjects were asked about their sensitivity to pain and heat. The result showed that individuals with lower level of vitamin D were more sensitive heat and experienced severe pain. African-Americans reported greater pain and the reason was found to be the level of this nutrient in their body. Moreover, it increased the problems associated with osteoarthritis.
The deficiency of vitamin D was more expected in individuals from the northern state as they get less sunlight and they rarely stay out of a shade. Vitamin D is the only nutrient that can be synthesized by the body in the presence of sunlight and therefore it plays a crucial role in maintaining proper level of this nutrient in the body. Researchers have proved some type of racial discrimination regarding the intensity of pain in arthritis patients and their vitamin D levels too. On an average, the amount of vitamin D in black patients was 19.9ng/ml whereas that in white people was 28.2ng/ml. However, further studies are to be done to get a clearer concept of the reasons behind.