Research suggests people with traumatic bone fractures often have low levels of vitamin D. The research validates the current understanding of vitamin D, in that vitamin D is important in repairing bone damage.
Researchers from the University of Missouri looked at vitamin D levels in 900 adults who suffered traumatic bone fractures from incidents like falls and car crashes. The study showed 79% of men and 76% of women had deficient vitamin D levels. Furthermore, 40% of the women and 38% of the men had severely low vitamin D levels.
Based on the findings, the researchers have started prescribing a vitamin D3 supplement for nearly all patients with broken bones as a protective measure to reduce the risk of healing problems.
It is well known in research that vitamin D is required for repairing damage to bones, and for most people there is very little risk in taking a vitamin D supplement.
How Do I Know If I’m Deficient In Vitamin D?
A doctor measures vitamin D by testing your 25(OH)D level. Getting this blood test is the only accurate way to know if you’re deficient or not. Here are vitamin D recommendations from three different entities.
Don't Forget about Vitamin D's Powerful Partner - Vitamin K2
Vitamin K2 is just as important as vitamin D3 when it comes to bone health. It greatly enhances the benefits of vitamin D in terms of bone strength. Read more about the powerful combination of Vitamin D3 and vitamin K2.
In Health and Happiness,
Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods
1. US News. Vitamin D Deficiency Often Seen in Traumatic Bone Breaks. 2013.
2. Vitamin D Council.