|NUTRA Ingredients (nutraingredients.com) – by Nathan Gray |
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Many trauma patients may be predisposed to muscle weakness and bone fractures due to low levels of vitamin D, say researchers.
A study monitoring the vitamin D status in over 1800 trauma over nearly 2 years has found that many people suffering from orthopaedic trauma have below optimal levels of the sunshine vitamin. Speaking at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the team of US researchers reported that that just over 77% of trauma patients had deficient or insufficient levels of vitamin D. “Vitamin D deficiency affects patients of all ages and is more prevalent than we thought it was,” said Dr. Brett Crist, from the University of Missouri, USA – who led the research team.