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November 09, 2010

Increase intake of Vit-D doesn't benefit OA sufferers

A recent study has revealed that increasing intake of vitamin D is not likely to slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, or OA as it is commonly called, is the most common joint disease affecting middle age & older people.

The researchers divided participants evenly into two groups. The first group was assigned to take placebo & the second group was assigned to take vitamin D throughout the course of the study. Participants were not told which group they had been placed in.

The researchers also performed physical function tests & X-rays on each participant at the beginning of the study & again at 12 months. At the end of the study, researchers found no substantial differences between the two groups in the areas studied - leading them to believe that those taking vitamin D did not benefit more than those who were not.

"This study tested whether vitamin D supplementation, given over a two-year period, could influence the rate of progression of joint damage in people with knee osteoarthritis," explained Timothy McAlindon, Tufts New England Medical Center & lead investigator in the study. The research was presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta.

1 comment:

Brett Favree said...

I suffer from osteoarthritis and was prescribed many medications but is most effective is a painkiller hydrocodone which is very easy to get. You can buy online without a prescription but control because it has side effects.

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