Friday, October 14, 2011

Vitamin D deficiency and Hip Fracture

Posted by Chantel M. Contributed by US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

In the study of "[Vitamin D deficiency and hip fracture].[Article in Dutch]" by Lips P, Netelenbos JC., posted in US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, researchers found that The elderly which are institutionalized carry an increased risk. Prevention or vitamin D deficiency is possible by adequate exposure to ultraviolet light. Primarily, the elderly should be encouraged to go out into the sunshine regularly. Advice on nutrition may be given additionally. When sunshine exposure is negligible, as in many disabled and institutionalized elderly, a daily supplement of vitamin D3 400 IU should be given. Preventive measures have to be evaluated prospectively. Vitamin D deficiency is not the most important risk factors for hip fractures, but the easiest to correct.

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