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Articles October 2015 Issue

Low Vitamin D Linked to Arthritis Risk

Study reveals a possible bonus from avoiding deficiency.

Here’s another reason to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D: A recent Tufts study suggests that 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.

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