Research published last week in the journal Nutrients suggests that patients with autoimmune diseases who are also vitamin D deficient have a significantly higher risk of disease activity, compared to those with higher vitamin D levels.
Researchers in Canada were interested in studying vitamin D status and disease activity of people with systemic autoimmune rheumatic disorders. Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders where your immune system malfunctions and attacks your body’s own tissues. Autoimmune diseases can either attack a particular organ (organ specific) or attack numerous organs (systemic). An example or a systemic autoimmune disease is systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) where the immune system attacks any organ in the body.