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VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY LINKED TO BACK PAIN IN WOMEN...

Posted Sep 13 2010 12:05pm

Vitamin D has popped up again, this time linked to back pain in older women. Researchers writing in the 'Journal of the American Geriatrics Society ' stated that 'older women who lack vitamin D are more likely to suffer from back pain'.

Vitamin D, helps to maintain strong bones and teeth and can be found in milk, eggs and oily fish, it is also made by the skin in the presence of sunlight.

Apparently scientists from the US and Italy looked at nearly a thousand men and women over the age of 65 living in Tuscany, where they were asked if they suffered from any back pain and blood samples were taken so they could measure the levels of Vitamin D.

The outcome was that women were much more likely to suffer back problems, with 58% having some form of discomfort compared with only 27% in men, also women with a vitamin D deficiency were nearly twice as likely to suffer some form of back pain. Strangely enough this was not the case for men.

They say women are more prone to back pain due to the fact that they tend to have smaller body frames which leads to more delicate bones and secondly due to hormonal changes during the menopause which can also result in an increased loss of bone density.

Vitamin D is becoming a 'superstar' of the vitamin world as researchers have found that not only does it protect our bones but it can also strengthen our immune system. They say that as we get older our bodies are less efficient at making the vitamin so they would recommend that everyone over 65 (especially women) take a daily 10mg supplement of Vitamin D, and people with little or no sun exposure to start taking it from the age of 50.

As usual, always consult your Doctor before adding Vitamin D supplements to your diet.

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