As many of you know, those participating in the D*action project complete a comprehensive health questionnaire, which is required along with each testing sequence. This data allows us to analyze and report how vitamin D affects general health. Today we are summarizing what we learned from a past analysis (completed in 2016) of that questionnaire data on pain.
With respect to pain the questionnaire asks, “In the last 6 months have you had pain anywhere?” If ‘yes’ they can report up to 3 body parts with pain and an associated pain rating.
Pain rating by vitamin D status
Data from our cohort, 8000 strong at the time of analysis, indicated a 16% lower average pain rating for those with vitamin D levels at or above 75 ng/ml compared to those with levels less than 15 ng/ml.
The average pain rating for this chart was calculated from the highest pain rating reported by each participant (at least 18 years of age) or a pain rating of zero if they had no pain.
Body parts with pain
What were the most common body parts with pain? The back is the overall winner, but you can see the distribution below.
Pain by gender
Women were more likely than men to report having pain.
Pain by age
In general, as age increased, more people experienced pain.
Keep testing and participating!
By continuing to test with D*action every 6 months, and completing the health questionnaire, you are able to keep on top of changes in your vitamin D level, and we can publish data such as this to get more traction for vitamin D in the mainstream medical community.
Could your pain be improved with vitamin D?
What is your vitamin D level? Make sure you know your vitamin D level, and see if you are in the target range of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L). Find out your levels today! Log on to the shop (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved. Use coupon code SunMonth to receive 15% off during Sunshine Month only!
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my pain and my vitamin D levels?
To help you track your pain and nutrient levels, GrassrootsHealth has created an online tracking system called myData-myAnswers. You can also track your supplemental and dietary nutrient intake to see how they impact your nutrient levels and your overall health. Check it out today!