Study finds both vitamin D deficiency and knee OA symptoms vary by race

By Emily Delzell Vitamin D deficiency may underlie race-specific pain patterns in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), according to researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville. In a November study e-published in Arthritis and Rheu­matism, the investigators found that blacks, who reported more OA-related pain at baseline than whites, also had significantly lower levels of vitamin D and greater sensitivity to experimental—though not clinical—pain.

By Emily Delzell Vitamin D deficiency may underlie race-specific pain patterns in patients with osteoarthritis (OA), according to researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville. In a November study e-published in Arthritis and Rheu­matism, the investigators found that blacks, who reported more OA-related pain at baseline than whites, also had significantly lower levels of vitamin D and greater sensitivity to experimental—though not clinical—pain.

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Study finds both vitamin D deficiency and knee OA symptoms vary by race