If you haven't already done so please, please ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels.
Just thought I would write a quick update. Thank you to everyone who emailed me and asked for a copy of my 'lupus, diet and lifestyle' research paper. Over 50 of you got in touch.
Just wanted to update you on a recently released research paper, which again highlights the importance of getting your vitamin D levels checked. This paper was even more interesting since it was a randomised placebo controlled trial - the paper is long and scientific but basically the outcome found that giving vitamin D supplements to increase levels of serum vitamin D actually lowered inflammatory markers in the body and there was a a tendency toward clinical improvement.
From a personal point of view, I got my vitamin D levels up to 100 nmol/L with supplements and 6 monthly blood tests and it has helped my pain a lot. It isn't a cure but it is a definite help. I did have to ask for the blood test but my doctor was fine about doing it after I had asked. It should be routine for all individuals with any auto-immune condition!
If you want to see the scientific paper for this latest study then click here: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed...
If you think your doctor won't do a test then print the study and hand it to them. Please do ask to have your vitamin D levels checked. Experts agree that optimally levels should be 75-150 nmol/L (which is 30-60 ng/ml)
Currently I am working on putting all my research into some kind of easy to read leaflet/document and will let you know when this happens.
All the best
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