Women with Osteoporosis Wrist Fractures had Vitamin D Deficiency

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(Best Syndication News) - Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis related wrist fractures had a vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency 44 percent of the time. This was according to a new study that was presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Wrist fractures, also known as distal radius fractures (DRF), are one of the most frequent types of fractures suffered with osteoporosis patients. These fractures often show up 15 years prior to hip fractures.

The researchers wanted to investigate vitamin D deficiency in postmenopausal women that have had DRF to see if there was a relationship.

The researchers analyzed medical records of 104 postmenopausal women that were treated for DRF and compared it against a control group of similar age group. The researchers found that the mean vitamin D levels in the DRF group were significantly lower than the control group.

The DRF group had 26 percent that were vitamin D insufficient, and 18 percent that were classified as deficient. Comparatively, the control group had 11 percent that were insufficient of vitamin D, and only 2 percent were deficient in the vitamin.

The researchers suggest that more studies are needed to determine if taking vitamin D supplements or achieving appropriate levels can prevent the wrist fractures.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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