One of the benefits of taking Vitamin D supplements in women over 50, is maintaining healthy bone density.
A recent study conducted on 30 women who suffer from Fibromyalgia Syndrome suggest that women with FMS (Fibromaylgia Syndrome) may also benefit from Vitamin D monitoring and supplementation.
Low Vitamin D levels (calcifidiol) were defined as levels less than 32 ng/ml).
Half of the women with FMS were given Vitamin D for 24 weeks. The other group with FMS was given a placebo.
After stopping taking Vitamin D supplements, a significant decrease in the level of perceived pain was reported by the treatment group.
They described marked improvement on a scale of physical role functioning, while the placebo group reported no change.
The treatment group also scored much better on a Fibromalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) on the question of “morning fatigue.” No significant changes in depression or anxiety symptoms were reported in either group.
“We believe that the data presented in the present study are promising. FMS is a very extensive symptom complex that cannot be explained by a vitamin D deficiency alone. However, vitamin D supplementation may be regarded as a relatively safe and economical treatment for FMS patients and an extremely cost-effective alternative or adjunct to expensive pharmacological treatment as well as physical, behavioral, and multimodal therapies,” says Wepner. “Vitamin D levels should be monitored regularly in FMS patients, especially in the winter season, and raised appropriately.”
For more information read the article which is published in the February 2014 issue of Pain (Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain).