Health Shorts: Aches, pains and Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is common, affecting more than 40 percent of older Americans, particularly those with aching joints and muscles, some researchers believe.

One study of 360 patients with low back pain and no obvious cause found that 83 percent had abnormally low levels of vitamin D. Another study found a vitamin D deficiency in all 150 patients with persistent non-specific joint or muscle pain. In both studies, most patients showed improvement when they were given vitamin D supplements.

[SOURCE; Sanjay Prakash and Nilima D. Shad, “Chronic tension-type headache with vitamin D deficiency: casual or causal association?” Headache, Dec. 21, 2009].

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Last Updated June 02, 2010