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Nature's Antibiotic: How Vitamin D Strengthens Your Fight Against Dermatomyositis

 
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The rash is often followed by a weakness in the muscles, primarily those around the torso and worsens over time. Also characterized as an inflammatory muscle disease, the weakness and soreness of the muscle occurs when the muscle tissue and skin becomes inflamed. Recent studies have shown that Vitamin D is a strong fighter against muscle weakness and helps to maintain the strength of your immune system. A Vitamin D deficiency can lead to muscle pain and may weaken your body’s defense against infection, making you at a higher risk for autoimmune disorders.

Autoimmune disorders occur when the body mistakenly attacks healthy body tissue. Classified as this type of disorder, Dermatomyositis, pronounced: Der-MAA-toe-MY-oh-SI-tis, is often first recognized as a red rash that can be found all over your face and/or torso. The rash is often followed by a weakness in the muscles, primarily those around the torso and worsens over time. Also characterized as an inflammatory muscle disease, the weakness and soreness of the muscle occurs when the muscle tissue and skin becomes inflamed.

Directly linked causes of Dermatomyositis are unclear but a viral infection may cause the immune system to mistakenly attack healthy muscle tissue bringing on the symptoms of the disease. While an aching in the muscles is not a sure sign of Dermatomyositis, it may be beneficial to see your physician.

To test for the disease a skin biopsy is often done along with numerous tests including, blood tests, cancer tests, MRIs, and EMGs or electromyograms, which tests the responsiveness of one’s muscles through electrical currents. There are no known preventions for Dermatomysitis but numerous treatments such as cortisone-like and immunosuppressive drugs help to alleviate pain.

Recent studies have shown that Vitamin D is a strong fighter against muscle weakness and helps to maintain the strength of your immune system. A Vitamin D deficiency can lead to muscle pain and may weaken your body’s defense against infection, making you at a higher risk for autoimmune disorders.

An article in India Times published earlier this month called Vitamin D, nature’s antibiotic.

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December 18, 2009 - 10:44am
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dermatomyositis is caused by diphtheria, there are people who know this and purposely expose people to this deadly bacteria just so they can watch them suffer with this illness

December 7, 2009 - 11:45am
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