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Minn Med. 2005 Nov;88(11):34-6.

The role of vitamin D deficiency in osteoporosis and fractures.

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University of Minnesota, USA.


Vitamin D deficiency is a major risk factor for accelerated bone loss, which contributes to morbidity in older adults. It is easy to diagnose, and treatment is safe and cost-effective. This article reviews the amount of vitamin D needed by certain populations in order to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures associated with the disease. It also summarizes the results of a study involving 81 hip-fracture patients that found 80% had abnormally low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

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