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J Endocrinol. 1996 Apr;149(1):13-7.

Age-related endocrine deficiencies and fractures of the proximal femur. II implications of vitamin D deficiency in the elderly.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.


In the United Kingdom, as many as 60% of institutionalized people who are not taking vitamin D supplements may be deficient. Both impaired mineralization and a hyperparathyroidism-related increase in bone turnover have been identified in the presence of vitamin D deficiency. Recent interventional data have confirmed the role of vitamin D deficiency in the pathogenesis of senile osteoporosis and indicated the need to maintain serum cholecalciferol levels within the normal range in elderly people.

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