An analysis of 700 patients has found an association between spondyloarthritis and vitamin D deficiency. Spondyloarthritis is the name for a family of inflammatory rheumatic diseases that cause arthritis. It differs from other types of arthritis because it involves the sites where ligaments and tendons attach to bones called “entheses” and in some cases, it can lead to bone destruction causing deformities of the spine and reducing function in the shoulders and hips. In this study, researchers observed a greater likelihood of early spondyloarthritis among participants with low vitamin D serum levels. Please don’t forget to ask your Doctor to measure your vitamin D3 levels during a routine blood test so we can know if you need supplementation. Spondyloarthritis is a condition I treat with the lasers, nutrition and gentle exercise therapy.
Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology, April 2016