Study shows low vitamin D levels may signify osteoporosis-related hip fracture risk in the elderly

12/27/2010
A new study shows that vitamin D levels may be a reliable tool for determining osteoporosis-related hip fracture risk in older adults. The research - which was conducted in New Dehli, India - demonstrates how many hip fracture patients have extreme vitamin D deficiency.

For the study, a total of 90 adults who had experienced hip fracture were compared to a control group of the same age and sex. The results revealed that more than 75 percent of patients with fractures had vitamin D deficiency, compared to only 32 percent of the control group.

The results confirm that low vitamin D levels may be an accurate marker in the assessment of hip fracture risk in older adults. The authors suggest that Indian populations may have low levels of the nutrient because of skin pigmentation, traditional clothing and the avoidance of sunlight.



The study was presented at the International Osteoporosis Foundation's Regionals, which is the first Asia-Pacific osteoporosis meeting.



According to the National Women's Health Information Center, 10 million Americans have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass, placing them at risk for the disease.