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Muscle weakness could be a result of vitamin D deficiency

by , 20 May 2013

The world's population of people 60 years of age and older has doubled since 1980. It's forecast to reach two billion by 2050. While this is a cause for celebration, it does mean you have to be more aware of possible threats that could hamper your quality of life in your later years. Problems like myopathy, a major cause for muscle weakness. Read on to discover a natural treatment to myopathy.

According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, it’s too bad that mainstream doctors don’t pay more attention to the benefits of natural medicine.

If they did, “they would know that in some cases (but not all), myopathy, a condition characterised by extreme muscle weakness and sometimes degrees of immobility can be caused by a vitamin D deficiency and is treatable with adequate supplementation,” says Dr Wright.

And there’s a study to back this up…

Here’s why muscle weakness may be due to vitamin D deficiency

A study published back in 2000 reported on five patients who were confined to wheelchairs because of weakness and immobility. Two were elderly, one was a 37-year-old man with Type I diabetes mellitus, one had carcinoid syndrome and one was severely malnourished.

In each case, “the muscle weakness had been attributed to causes such as old age, diabetic neuropathy or general poor health,” says Dr Wright. But they all had one thing in common: Low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

Four to six weeks after they began treatment with vitamin D, their body aches and pains ceased and their normal muscle strength returned. Four patients achieved normal levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and, as a result, became fully mobile. The fifth also became mobile.

Researchers found that “myopathy due to chronic vitamin D deficiency probably contributes to immobility and ill health in a significant number of patients. An awareness of this condition may significantly improve mobility and quality of life,” says Dr Wright.

Although it’s possible that low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D might not be the cause of your myopathy, “it’s certainly worth looking into,” advises Dr Wright.

However, if you’re vitamin D deficient, you should work with a physician skilled and knowledgeable in natural medicine to bring your levels up to normal.

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