Vitamin D and knee osteoarthritis

Vitamin D and knee osteoarthritisMarion Hauser, MS, RD

Doctors based out of Victoria University in Australia writing in the September 2017 issue of Archives of osteoporosis are making a connection between knee osteoarthritis, fall risk, and leg muscle strength in osteoarthritic patients.

Here is what they said and what they were looking to confirm:

Here are their results:

Vitamin D foods and knee osteoarthritis

Research: Vitamin D Supplementation Improves Quality of Life and Physical Performance in Osteoarthritis Patients

University researchers in Thailand wrote in the July 2017 edition of the international medical publication Nutrients of how much supplementation would offer benefits in patients:

Here are the highlights of this research:


The effects of vitamin D supplementation on pain in individuals with knee osteoarthritis are open to interpretation and warrant further investigation.

In the December 2015 edition of The Clinical journal of pain, a team of researchers lead by Dr. Toni L. Glover of the University of Florida, College of Nursing and investigators from the University of Alabama wrote about vitamin D, knee pain and problems associated with obesity in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

This study is part of a larger ongoing project at the University of Florida and the University of Alabama at Birmingham that aims to enhance the understanding of racial/ethnic differences in pain and limitations among individuals with osteoarthritic disease (Understanding Pain and Limitations in OsteoArthritic Disease; UPLOAD).

Here are the highlight of their study:

So what to make of this research?


1 Levinger P, Begg R, Sanders KM, Nagano H, Downie C, Petersen A, Hayes A, Cicuttini F. The effect of vitamin D status on pain, lower limb strength and knee function during balance recovery in people with knee osteoarthritis: an exploratory study. Archives of Osteoporosis. 2017 Dec 1;12(1):83.

2 Manoy P, Yuktanandana P, Tanavalee A, Anomasiri W, Ngarmukos S, Tanpowpong T, Honsawek S. Vitamin D Supplementation Improves Quality of Life and Physical Performance in Osteoarthritis Patients. Nutrients. 2017 Jul 26;9(8):799.

3 Glover TL, Goodin BR, King CD, Sibille KT, Herbert MS, Sotolongo AS, Cruz-Almeida Y, Bartley EJ, Bulls HW, Horgas AL, Redden DT. A Cross-sectional Examination of Vitamin D, Obesity, and Measures of Pain and Function in Middle-aged and Older Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis. The Clinical journal of pain. 2015 Dec;31(12):1060-7.


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