Vitamin D Levels Could Predict Hip Fracture Risk
Vitamin D levels may be an effective tool for determining osteoporosis hip fracture risk among mature adults according to a study presented at the International Osteoporosis Foundation's Regionals in Singapore the week of December 10th, 2010.
For the study, researchers based in New Delhi India recruited 90 adults who had previously experienced hip fractures. When the researchers compared those 90 patients to a control group of the same age and sex, they found that more than 75% of patients with fractures had vitamin D deficiency, compared to only 32% of the control group.
This study shows that vitamin D levels may be an effective marker of hip fracture risk among older adults. Although these findings are not particularly groundbreaking, they once again show the important role vitamin D plays in bone health, especially as we age.
10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass, placing them at risk for osteoporosis.
Beyond boosting bone health, vitamin D has also been associated with numerous additional benefits including reducing the risk of falls, protecting against mental decline and lowering blood pressure.
Unfortunately, many people are still vitamin D deficient, especially mature adults. This is due to the fact that our skin becomes less efficient at synthesizing the vitamin from the sun as we age. For this reason, taking a supplement or eating more foods fortified with vitamin D is a good idea. Some foods that are often fortified with vitamin D are yogurt, milk, orange juice, cereals and margarine.