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Dietary supplementation with vitamin D or fish oil failed to relieve chronic knee pain in older adults, suggested a secondary analysis of data from the large randomized VITAL trial.
Baseline pain scores on the 100-point Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Arthritis Index were 35.4 among patients receiving vitamin D and 36.5 for those given placebo. At the time of last follow-up, after over 5 years, mean WOMAC pain scores in the two groups were 32.7 and 34.6, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in pain scores between the vitamin D and placebo groups at any time during the trial, reported researchers in Arthritis & Rheumatology. Among patients receiving marine omega-3 fatty acids or placebo, WOMAC pain scores at baseline were 36.5 and 35.4, and at the final follow-up visit, the scores were 33.6 in the fish oil group and 33.7 in the placebo group. There appeared to be no significant differences in pain scores between the two groups at any time point… (Medpage Today)