More than 130 million people live with chronic illness. Award-winning journalist Richard M. Cohen is one of them, and he writes about what it means to be your own health care advocate and how to claim your own voice.
Here he is giving us a day in the life of someone who suffers from Chronic Pain, on WebMD TV.
Researchers are exploring a possible link between low levels of vitamin D and chronic pain.
Many Americans are running low on vitamin D. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 showed that vitamin D levels have plummeted among all U.S. ages, races, and ethnic groups over the past two decades.
But does not having enough vitamin D cause pain? That's not yet clear. But here's what you need to know about vitamin D and chronic pain....
Researchers Say Increased Use of Some Birth Control Pills Could Be a Factor
A study says the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis in women has risen by 2.5% from 1995 to 2007. Researchers believe that environmental factors like cigarette smoking, vitamin D deficiency, and lower dose synthetic estrogens in oral contraceptives may be the reasons for the increase. However, incidence in men is declining.
Why It Matters:
One to two million Americans suffer from RA. The increase of RA incidence follows a period of decline in the four decades prior to.
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