Vitamin D and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Question

Are there benefits to using vitamin D when one has AS?

Answer

HI Robert,

I don’t recall any studies in which vitamin D intake was specifically studied in anklyosing spondylitis, but there are always benefits to taking Vitamin D.  It is a critical molecule that helps build bones, but it has also been discovered to participate in many other critical activities in the body.  We rarely get enough vitamin D from the sun because we spend too much time indoors.  So, taking a dose by mouth every day is a good idea.  It is important, though, to stay within the recommended dosages on the bottle.

Joan Bathon, M.D.

About Joan Bathon, M.D.

Dr. Bathon was a Co-Deputy Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Hopkins Bayview. She was also the founder and director of the Hopkins Arthritis Center.