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Rheumatoid arthritis and increased risk of heart disease: Is D deficiency to blame?

Posted on: July 18, 2012   by  John Cannell, MD

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term inflammatory disease that affects not just the joints but many other tissues and organs. The process involves an inflammatory response to the lining of the joints causing swelling and inflammation. The disease process often leads to the destruction of cartilage of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause inflammation in the lungs, the eyes, the heart, the lungs and lumps under the skin.

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1 Response to Rheumatoid arthritis and increased risk of heart disease: Is D deficiency to blame?

  1. John Cannell, MD

    One other thing. This is the first paper that I am aware of that uses 45 ng/ml as the lower limit cutoff for comparisons for good health, which may be why they got such robust results. I hope we start seeing some more papers using such levels as the lower limit of good health.

    John

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