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Relationship found between vitamin D, hospital mortality

Posted on: June 20, 2013   by  Brant Cebulla

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New research published in The American Journal of Medicine has found an increased risk of all-cause mortality for patients entering the hospital with low vitamin D levels.

Past research has found a relationship between low vitamin D and increased risk of all-cause mortality. Whether the same holds true in the hospital setting is currently unknown. Since vitamin D likely plays a beneficial role in a wide variety of functions, the researchers theorized that there would be a relationship in the hospital setting.

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2 Responses to Relationship found between vitamin D, hospital mortality

  1. allometric24

    I find it difficult to believe that the mean base level of vitamin D was so high in this study. The sun in Boston must be really potent or the citizens must be really health conscious with their supplements.
    I know that where I am at 37 degrees below the population means are likely to be around 45 nml. (18 ng US)

  2. Brant Cebulla

    allometric24, agreed, very high levels for a latitude as north as Boston. My guess is that there are more than a few doctors at these hospitals that regularly screen for deficiency and treat. 40% of the cohort had levels over 30 ng/ml. So this cohort is probably not a good snapshot of Boston. I would guess data on Boston levels are published out there somewhere, but I know I don’t have time to look!

    Cheers,
    Brant

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