Volunteers sought for vitamin D trial
More than 100 people with psoriasis are being sought for an Aucklandbased vitamin D trial.
The trial is at Massey University’s Vitamin D Research Centre and is being led by PhD student Michelle Ingram.
Ms Ingram says the study is examining the potential of vitamin D as an alternative low-cost treatment to the uncomfortable condition.
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious inflammatory skin disease.
An estimated one in 50 adults in New Zealand live with it. Plaquebased psoriasis is the most common type, and while it can be managed, there is no known cure.
Ms Ingram says people with psoriasis often avoid common activities such as swimming or going to the hairdresser.
She says the condition can have a significant impact on the sufferer’s self-esteem.
‘‘If we are able to prove that vitamin D can help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, that’s a big step towards helping people with psoriasis lead a more normal life.’’
Traditional treatments for psoriasis include topical lotions, creams, pills or injections, and phototherapy. They can be inconvenient, expensive, and increase the risk of other health problems, Ms Ingram says.
Researchers for the trial are seeking psoriasis sufferers aged 18 or older, with plaquetype psoriasis in ‘‘active phase’’ and stable for the past two months.
Volunteers must meet certain criteria and be able to attend five appointments at the Albany-based centre for assessments and samples in a one-year period.