Navigation Links
Vitamin D Lacking in Many Spine Surgery Patients
Date:11/4/2011

FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Low vitamin D levels are common among spine surgery patients and may delay their recovery, a new study says.

Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption. Spine surgery patients with low levels of the vitamin may have difficulty producing new bone, explained researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

They assessed 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery and found that more than half of them had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were severely deficient.

The study was scheduled for presentation Thursday at the annual meeting of the North American Spine Society in Chicago.

"Our findings suggest it may be worthwhile to screen surgery patients for vitamin D," principal investigator Dr. Jacob M. Buchowski said in a university news release. "We think those with insufficient levels of vitamin D may benefit from taking 50,000 international units of the vitamin once a week for eight weeks before surgery as this may help the recovery after spinal fusion surgery."

It's common for elderly people to have low vitamin D levels, but the patients in this study who were more likely to have lower levels of the bone-building vitamin were younger.

"We rarely think about deficiency in younger patients," Buchowski said. "More of the older patients in this study had a history of taking supplements, and as a result, they had less risk for vitamin D deficiency than younger patients."

The average age of patients in the study was 55. People most likely to have inadequate vitamin D levels were smokers, obese people, those who had a disability before surgery and those who had never taken vitamin D or multivitamin supplements.

Buchowski and his colleagues now plan to investigate whether a connection exists between low vitamin D levels and poor patient results after spinal fusion surgery.

He recommended that patients scheduling orthopedic surgery make sure they're getting enough vitamin D, which is produced by the body in response to sun exposure and is found in a number of foods, including saltwater fish, liver, egg yolks, and fortified milk and cereal. Vitamin D supplements are another option.

Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements has more about vitamin D.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, news release, Nov. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. eVitamins Launches New Health Encyclopedia
2. New Multivitamins Target Concern Over China's Quality Problems
3. Vitamin B3 May Help Repair Brain After a Stroke
4. Vitamins stored in bathrooms, kitchens may become less effective
5. Vitamin Shoppe, Inc. To Present at the 2010 Stifel Nicolaus Consumer Conference
6. Vitamin D lifts mood during cold weather months
7. Henry Ford Hospital study shows link between vitamin D, skin cancer
8. Metabolife's New Green Tea + Vitamin D3 Helps Promote Bone Health and Supports Weight Management
9. Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
10. Study: Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Higher Rates of Asthma in African American Kids
11. Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Vitamin D Lacking in Many Spine Surgery Patients
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) ... and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach ... in New York City, with long-time partners The Paul Foundation, on November 10, ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 03, 2016 , ... Penrose Senior Care Auditors® was ... Tuesday evening at the 26th Annual SMU Cox Dallas 100™ Awards Ceremony and ... Institute for Entrepreneurship. Dallas 100™, co-founded by the Caruth Institute, honors the ingenuity, ...
(Date:12/4/2016)... ... December 04, 2016 , ... Responsible dental care hinges on regular brushing ... achieve optimal results. This important necessity inspired an inventor from Las Vegas, Nev., to ... ensure that people break or avoid bad techniques of brushing the teeth in order ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... On Dec. 2, 2016, CURE® magazine ... San Diego honoring the 2016 MPN Heroes—eight individuals who have made a difference in ... and beyond the standard of care, demonstrating leadership within the MPN community and/or a ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ... announces the launch of its 60-day free trial program for all of the ... make the offer a truly hassle free experience. , FlexiSpot’s unique desktop risers ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/4/2016)... highly innovative, personalized cell-based treatment for a high-risk form of the most ... Children,s Hospital of Philadelphia today reported new results ... The physician-scientists presented findings at the annual meeting of the ... Continue Reading ... ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2, 2016 bioLytical Laboratories, un líder mundial en test ... INSTI HIV Self Test , a los miembros de la Kenya Pharmaceutical Association. ... ... INSTI HIV Self Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ...      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) bioLytical fue invitada por ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , Dec 2, 2016 Research and Markets ... Share, Development, Growth and Demand Forecast to 2022" report to their ... , , ... $6 billion in 2015, and it is expected to grow at a ... is expected to witness faster growth during the forecast period, a CAGR ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: