Thursday , March 30 2023

Rheumatism: Pay attention to vitamin D



Ilse Romahn

(Jan 15, 2019) The sun is rarely visible in our latitudes in winter. 2017/2018 The annual winter statistics depending on the country were from 145 to 205 hours of sun. Dark winters also affect vitamin D levels – the body can only produce vitamin D by UV light in the sun.

Especially for people with rheumatic diseases, make sure their body is adequately secured with vitamin D. Too few of these can contribute to autoimmune disease. Vitamin D supply is confirmed by blood tests according to the IPF.

Vitamin D strengthens the immune system
Rheumatism is one of the autoimmune diseases. The body's immune system is controlled and causes inflammation in the body. Vitamin D suppresses these inflammatory processes. Studies have shown that vitamin D supply is worse because inflammatory activity is more frequent in patients with certain rheumatic diseases. This includes rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common form of rheumatism. Specialists recommend that patients with RA regularly check their vitamin D levels with a laboratory test. A blood sample is enough. Laboratory doctors measure how much vitamin D is in the blood serum.

Treatment with a doctor only
Laboratory test costs take over health insurance if a doctor suspects a disease that can be caused by vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency can be treated with appropriate preparations and dietary supplements. Important: If and how much vitamin D is required for patients, the doctor should always be specified. Self-treatment with over-the-counter medicines can harm your health. In the worst case, an overdose even kills the kidneys.

Further information on diagnostics of autoimmune diseases can be found in the package leaflet "Autoimmune Diseases". It can be downloaded for free at If you do not have Internet access, you can also order a brochure in writing from IPF-Versandands, PO Box 27 58, 63563 Gelnhausen. Be sure to include the name, title and full address of the IPF brochure.

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