Vitamin D reduces chances of hip fracture in adults
High levels of vitamin D protect against hip fractures
by Newsletter Editor
This is the largest study of its type for hip fracture and vitamin D. Doctors analyzed vitamin D levels in more than 1,175 men and women who had a hip fracture during an eight-year study period and compared them to vitamin D levels in 1,438 who did not. Doctors considered age, gender, and body mass index scores and found, overall, those with the lowest vitamin D levels were 38 percent more likely to have a hip fracture than those with the highest vitamin D levels.
Men seemed to benefit most from good vitamin D levels, while the benefit was smaller for women. As the levels of circulating vitamin D increased, chances of hip fracture declined. Doctors also found that vitamin D appeared to protect against hip fracture when levels were above 30 nanograms per milliliter of blood, or 75 nanomoles per liter.
Reference: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism; 2013 Aug;98(8):3341-50