A new study from the United Kingdom, published in the Journal of Autoimmunity, finds that vitamin D may prevent inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. This vitamin strengthens the immune system helping prevent the body from attacking healthy cells and causing autoimmune conditions of this kind.
For the study, a team of researchers analyzed blood samples and joint fluid samples from rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Study author Dr. Louisa Jeffery from the University of Birmingham says: “Our research indicated that maintaining sufficient vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis.”
Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency is now a global public-health problem affecting an estimated 1 billion people. Vitamin D deficiencies are connected to the increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Moreover, people with a diagnosis of prostate or breast cancer have lower chances to survive than those with normal levels of vitamin D.
Here are 10 categories of people that are in risk group:
Adults older than 55.
People with darker skin.
Inflammatory bowel disease patients.
Vegans and vegetarians.
People with a high body fat percentage.
People taking medications such as corticosteroids, weight-loss drugs, and the cholesterol-lowering drug cholestyramine.