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How long would it take an avg 40yr something to develop secondary osteoporosis as the result of a vitamin d deficiency – say 12%? Weeks? Months? Years?

Asked by  Batkol on December 13, 2017

  •  Batkol on

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  •  Missy Sturges & John Canell, MD on

    Hi Batkol,

    That’s a great question! Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer. Osteoporosis is a complex condition. Although it is clear that vitamin D deficiency is an important modifiable risk factor for this condition, there are several other factors contribute to the development of osteoporosis.

    However, we do know that vitamin D status affects calcium balance, which impacts bone metabolism. Since bone mass begins to decline around the age of 30, I think it’s important to note when the person first became vitamin D deficient when trying to evaluate this relationship. Nevertheless, research has shown that maintaining healthy vitamin D levels may slow the progression of osteoporosis.

    To learn more about the relationship between vitamin D and osteoporosis, I highly recommend reading our Health Condition:


    I hope this helps!

    Answered by  Missy Sturges & John Canell, MD on

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