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Vitamin D to help arthritis?

25th May 2010

Researchers from the University of Birmingham are embarking on research to investigate whether vitamin D could be used along with current treatments for arthritis.


The study has received funding of £222,000 over three years from Arthritis Research UK.  The team will look at whether taking vitamin D could help to prevent the disease occurring and if taking it could treat symptoms.

The researchers are the first to explore the effects of the vitamin on the immune system, which is found in foods such as oily fish and is created by sunlight on the skin. 

Rheumatoid arthritis affects around 380,000 people in the UK and causes the immune system to attack itself, leading to pain and swelling.

One of the researchers, rheumatology reader Dr David Sanson, said: "We know that many people with arthritis have low levels of vitamin D and we have recently found that vitamin D can have powerful effects on the type of immune cells which may cause rheumatoid arthritis."

"This study will help us understand a lot more about how this happens. This is the first stage in considering whether vitamin D could be used as a treatment alongside or instead of current treatments," he added.


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