Vitamin D Status Predicts Fractures

Pam Flores @phflores Health Guide
  •     In a recent study done at the International Osteoporosis Foundations 1st Regional Asian-Pacific meeting, low levels of vitamin D were a predictor of hip fractures.


    A study done in New Delhi concluded that of the 90 participants with a hip fracture, 76.7% were vitamin D deficient with blood levels less than or equal to 20 ng/mL.  This finding gives us all another reason to have our vitamin D status checked often, so we'll know if we are at greater risk of hip fracture.


    Circulating D is determined by testing a patient's level through a 25 (OH) D blood test.


    With the recent recommendations from the Institute of Medicine you might be thinking that you need to reduce your daily intake of D, but it's important to know what your circulating D score is and go from there on how much you need to get your score above the level of ≥ 30 mg/mL which some still consider very low.  You may also be on a therapeutic dose of 50,000 international units prescribed by your doctor as a result of a D deficient score.  Whether you're on a therapeutic dose or a dose to raise your score to an acceptable level, be sure to continue with that, and have your levels checked as often as your insurance allows.  If low levels of D are a good predictor of hip fracture you'll be doing yourself a great service to keep a close eye on this test.

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    Vitamin D is good for the prevention of many other health disorders, so it's not just your bones you're protecting by staying vigilant with this test and your daily intakes of D.


    Since vitamin D is not contained in many foods, we need to get the majority of it from supplements.  Many tell us that we can get it from the sun, but if you live where there's little sun, supplements are your only source.


    Vitamin D comes in fortified foods and oily fish like: tuna, mackerel, salmon, sardines, cod liver oil and egg yolks and will provide a small amount of vitamin D, but not enough.


    Some of us try to get D from the sun, but as we age this can become more difficult for our bodies to convert D in our skin. 


    According to the authors of this study, "Vitamin D levels are very low in the Indian population in all age groups, and could be explained by skin pigmentation, traditional clothing and the avoidance of sunlight."   


    Find a brand and type of vitamin D you like so it will make it easier to take.  Many people like the liquid oil drops that are slightly flavored with lemon or lime that can be measured in 1,000 up to 5.000 IU's a day.  If you can't find this type of liquid D, gel caps with liquid inside is also another good choice. 


    Vitamin D is very inexpensive, so you should be able to find a very good price on all the varying doses available.





    International Osteoporosis Foundation (2010, December 13). Three-quarters of hip fracture patients are vitamin D deficient, Indian study reveals. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 29, 2010, from­ /releases/2010/12/101213101810.htm  


Published On: December 30, 2010