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How much vitamin D do you treat rheumatoid arthritis?

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All adults up to age 70 should get 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D per day. Starting at age 71, you should get 800 IU per day. You may need more if you have a vitamin D deficiency. Your doctor can check your vitamin D level with a blood test.

SOURCES:

Ede, A. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2001.

Pelajo, C. Autoimmunity Reviews, 2010.

Rennie, K. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2003.

Arthritis Today: “Vitamin and Mineral Guide: Folate.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Nutrition & Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Edgar R. Miller III, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: “What People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Need to Know About Osteoporosis.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “About Osteoporosis: Vitamin D and Bone Health.”

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Folate,” “Calcium,” Vitamin D,” “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Alpha-Linolenic Acid,” “Fish Oil,” “Vitamin D,” “Sulfasalazine.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Methotrexate: Managing Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 6, 2020

SOURCES:

Ede, A. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 2001.

Pelajo, C. Autoimmunity Reviews, 2010.

Rennie, K. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, 2003.

Arthritis Today: “Vitamin and Mineral Guide: Folate.”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Nutrition & Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Edgar R. Miller III, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases: “What People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Need to Know About Osteoporosis.”

National Osteoporosis Foundation: “About Osteoporosis: Vitamin D and Bone Health.”

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Folate,” “Calcium,” Vitamin D,” “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Health.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Alpha-Linolenic Acid,” “Fish Oil,” “Vitamin D,” “Sulfasalazine.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Methotrexate: Managing Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 6, 2020

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