Lupus and vitamin D
Lupus, the autoimmune disease with systemic inflammation and serious long-term health problems, is much more likely to affect women than men. In this study, doctors measured vitamin D levels in 890 people who had lupus for an average of 13.5 years. Three in four had low levels of vitamin D and were more likely to have high blood pressure, elevated lipid and C-reactive protein levels—an inflammatory factor—and higher lupus disease activity scores than those with adequate vitamin D. Doctors said vitamin D plays a role in autoimmune diseases because of its ability to regulate the immune response and its anti-inflammatory effects.

Reference: Arthritis Care & Research (Hoboken) 2014 Aug; 66(8):1167-76
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