Low vitamin D linked to chronic pain in men
Vitamin D deficiency in the body may be linked to chronic widespread pain for men, according to a study presented at the British Society for Rheumatology.
For the study, researchers from the University of Manchester in the U.K. analyzed data from more than 2,300 men in the European Male Aging Study. They found that those with vitamin D deficiency at the start of the study were more than twice as likely to experience chronic widespread pain, compared to those who had the highest vitamin D levels.
After following the men for an average of 4.3 years, researchers found that one in 15 men who had no symptoms at the start of the study developed chronic widespread pain. These men also were more likely to be obese, physically inactive, depressed and have other health conditions.
Though the study suggests a possible link between low vitamin D levels and chronic pain, the researchers said more analysis is needed to determine whether treating that deficiency can actually keep the condition from developing--in part because a number of other factors can play a role.