Researchers have recently looked into the vitamin D levels of Jamaicans with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Systemic lupus erythematosus, or lupus, is a chronic disease that affects many systems in the body, like the skin, heart, and muscles. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that your immune system has a hard time telling the difference between your own healthy cells and foreign things like germs, bacteria, or viruses. This causes your body to attack your healthy tissue, which can cause inflammation and pain.
It is common for people with lupus to have periods of flares, which is when you have worse symptoms, and periods of remission, when the symptoms are better or not there at all.