Low Vi­ta­min D linked to arthri­tis

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

Are­cent Tufts Univer­sity study sug­gests that a vi­ta­min D de­fi­ciency may be as­so­ci­ated with greater risk of os­teoarthri­tis (OA) of the knee. Com­pared to those with ad­e­quate blood lev­els of vi­ta­min D, par­tic­i­pants low in the ‘sun­shine vi­ta­min’ were twice as likely to ex­pe­ri­ence wors­en­ing of knee os­teoarthri­tis. Those de­fi­cient in vi­ta­min D as well as a hor­mone in­volved in me­tab­o­liz­ing the vi­ta­min were at triple the risk. TAKE CHARGE! The In­sti­tute of Medicine rec­om­mends that peo­ple from the age of 4-70 should get at least 600 IU daily of vi­ta­min D. For in­di­vid­u­als over the age of 70, the rec­om­men­da­tion rises to 800 IU. Di­etary sources of vi­ta­min D in­clude: Sword­fish Salmon Canned tuna For­ti­fied orange juice For­ti­fied milk and other dairy prod­ucts Sar­dines Eggs For­ti­fied ce­re­als

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