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Vitamin D May Not Help Knee Osteoarthritis After All

By November 7, 2010

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Previous studies have suggested that vitamin D may reduce progression of knee osteoarthritis. But, according to a report presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, supplementation with vitamin D does not seem to lessen symptoms or slow progression of knee osteoarthritis.

In a recent study, participants were divided into 2 groups -- one group took vitamin D (2,000 IU daily) and the dose was adjusted to help achieve a vitamin D level higher than 30ng/ml. By the end of the study, the vitamin D group had an average vitamin D increase of 15ng/ml compared to 1.8ng/ml for the placebo group. Despite that bump up in vitamin D level, researchers found no significant change in physical function tests, x-rays, knee cartilage volume and thickness, or bone marrow lesion volume per MRI between the two groups.

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November 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm
(1) THOMAS KANE` says:

CYMBALTA;THAT IS NICE THE FDA CLEARED CYMBALTA FOR BACK AND OA.I HAVE BOTH FOR YEARS.ITAKE 90 MG OF AND IT DOESNT TOUCH EITHER.I TAKE IT FOR BURNING NERVE PAIN OF RSD.IT HELPS GREATLY WITH THAT.ONLY SIDE EFFECT IS WEIGHT GAIN.IHAVE BEEN ON IT FOR FEW YEARS.IT DOES HELPWITH DEPRESSION,ANXIETY,NERVEPAIN.BUT NOT OA,BACK.MINE KILL ME.I DONT KNOW HOW THE FDA ARRIVED AT THAT.BUT IT IS LIKE ALL MEDS.THEY WORK DIFFERENT ON DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

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