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By Ashley Gallagher, Assistant Editor
Researchers continue to look for factors that may influence osteoarthritisâ€™ development. On such area of research is the role of fat soluble vitamins.
With age, almost everyone develops at least some osteoarthritis (OA). Researchers have been unable to determine a precise cause of OA, and without a good idea of how it develops, prevention is impossible and treatments are only symptomatic. Chronic and degenerative, this joint disease develops pursuant to a metabolic imbalance in bone.
Researchers continue to look for factors that may influence OA’s development, and especially for factors that could be targeted. On such area of research, discussed in a review article in the April 2018 issue ofJournal of Clinical Rheumatology,is the role of fat soluble vitamins. These authors looked at the 4 fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) and gathered all available information about their potential impact on OA’s pathology through early 2017. They also looked for studies that examined how supplementation may affect OA.
Their findings are interesting:
The authors indicate that supplementation with fat soluble vitamins may provide innovative approaches for OA management, but these findings are preliminary. At this time, guidelines do not recommend fat soluble vitamin supplementation for OA.
Zheng XY, Liang J, Li YS, Tu M. Role of Fat-Soluble Vitamins in Osteoarthritis Management.J Clin Rheumatol. 2018;24(3):132-137.