Rheumatoid ArthritisTreatment

The Facts About Vitamin D and RA

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Laura Pratt

Arthritic Seniors hands holding a vase

Q: What’s the link between rheumatoid arthritis and vitamin D?

Hand xrays showing advanced rheumatoid arthritis
Hand x-rays showing advanced rheumatoid arthritisiStock

Q: Can getting more vitamin D improve my RA symptoms?

Woman getting blood test

Q: How do I check if my vitamin D levels are low?

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Q: How much vitamin D do I need?

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Q: Can I get my Vitamin D through food?

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Q: Well, can’t I get it from the sun?

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Q: OK, I’m on board with D. Will I see immediate improvement?

Ultrasonography of kidney, showing left kidney stone
Ultrasound of kidney, showing left kidney stoneiStock

Q: Can I get too much vitamin D?

Person taking vitamin D supplement

Q: Can my RA drugs affect vitamin D absorption?

Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert

Jerilyn Covert is a writer, editor, and copy editor with 15 years of publishing experience. She’s written hundreds of articles for Men’s Health (where she was an editor for more than 10 years), Women’s Health, Runner’s World, ONE37pm, Whiskey Advocate, Silver Sneakers, and many more. She’s insatiably curious and loves interviewing people who know a lot more than she does. She shares their insights and advice so others can use them to improve their lives.