Tags: vitamin | lupus | flare

Vitamin D may Help Lupus Patients

Monday, 22 Oct 2012 11:55 AM


Vitamin D supplements may help curb flare-ups in lupus patients, new research shows.
The study, published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, suggests the “sunshine vitamin” may have a beneficial effect on the immune systems of people with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a debilitating autoimmune disease that causes skin, joint, neurological and renal symptoms, as well as inflammation of tissue linings in the body.
Researchers, led by Nathalie Costedoat-Chalumeau, tracked the safety and beneficial effects of giving vitamin D supplements to 20 SLE patients with low vitamin levels. Over a six-month period, they found the patients were able to tolerate the supplements without any problems and that there were no SLE flare-ups during the follow-up period.
Researchers said the findings suggest vitamin D may help keep the body from attacking its own tissues — a hallmark of SLE.
Costedoat-Chalumeau said suggested the preliminary findings are promising, and that vitamin D may play a pivotal role in the function of the immune system.
"The study has highlighted interesting pathways to explore,” she said, but added: "This should be confirmed in larger randomized controlled trials."


© HealthDay

   
1Like our page
2Share
Health-Wire
Vitamin D supplements may help curb flare-ups in lupus patients, new research shows.
vitamin,lupus,flare
183
2012-55-22
Monday, 22 Oct 2012 11:55 AM
Newsmax Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved