The findings published in the journal The Clinical Journal of Pain indicate that adequate vitamin D levels help obese individuals with osteoarthritis walk, balance and rise from sitting to standing position better than those with insufficient vitamin D levels.

"Vitamin D maintains calcium and phosphate concentration levels to keep bones strong," said lead author Toni Glover, assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Nursing."Adequate vitamin D may be significant to improving osteoarthritis pain because it affects bone quality and protects cell function to help reduce inflammation," Glover explained.Increased pain due to osteoarthritis could limit physical activity, including outdoor activity, which would lead to both decreased vitamin D levels and increased obesity, the researcher pointed out.Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide.

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