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Vitamin D deficiency may have role in chronic low back pain — Lewis 331 (7508): 109 — BMJ

By DrLaPuma 13 years agoNo Comments
Home  /  Drug Food Safety  /  Vitamin D deficiency may have role in chronic low back pain — Lewis 331 (7508): 109 — BMJ
Dr John La Puma

Are You Vitamin D Deficient? If you live below the line drawn from Los Angeles to Atlanta, your skin can convert the inactive form of vitamin D to the active form. Otherwise, you need a supplement—the active form is vitamin D3. A tanning booth? Only if you think you can beat skin cancer.

To learn your level before supplementing, ask your doctor for a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration. The standard test uses a scale of 8 to 40 ng/mL. Low vitamin D levels are common and often underlooked in those with chronic back pain, and osteoarthritis.

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