What are the benefits of treating vitamin D insufficiency?

Updated: Dec 15, 2020
  • Author: Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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The treatment of vitamin D insufficiency can decrease the risk of hip and nonvertebral fractures. [35, 36] A meta-analysis by Boonen et al of postmenopausal women and of men aged 50 years or older reporting a risk of hip fracture found that oral vitamin D supplementation reduced the risk of hip fractures by 18% when vitamin D and calcium were taken together. [37] Most of the trials that demonstrated the antifracture efficacy of vitamin D used approximately 800 IU of vitamin D3. The minimum 25(OH)D level at which antifracture efficacy was observed was 30 ng/ml (74 nmol/L), suggesting a threshold for optimal levels of 25(OH)D for fracture protection.


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