Low Vitamin D Appears Linked to Chronic Widespread Pain in Men, but Other Factors Play a Role

Low Vitamin D Appears Linked to Chronic Widespread Pain in Men, but Other Factors Play a Role
A recent study performed between several European institutions proposes a possible association between a deficiency in vitamin D and male chronic widespread pain (CWP). These findings, “Low vitamin D and the risk of developing chronic widespread pain: results from the European male ageing study,” were published in BMC Musculoskelet Disord journal. In the United Kingdom, about 10 percent of the population suffers from CWP with fibromyalgia, accounting for one of the main CWP forms. The condition is characterized by musculoskeletal pain that lasts beyond the expected period of healing. Both physical and psychological factors contribute to the development of CWP. However, the causes and underlying mechanism of the condition are complex and still poorly understood. Some studies have suggested  a vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for the development of CWP, while others found no evident link. “Results of observational studies assessing the relationship between vitamin D and musculoskeletal pain are somewhat inconsistent, with some, though not all, reporting a significant association between low vitamin D and CWP in specific groups,” the authors wrote. “Similarly, in fibromyalgia, a sub-type of CWP, some studies suggest an association with vitamin D deficiency, whilst others do not.” To clarify the possible relationship between low levels of vitamin D
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