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Would a vitamin D prescription strategy help prevent hip fractures and cut down on public costs?

Posted on: July 29, 2014   by  Jeff Nicklas

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Researchers in the United Kingdom recently created a model to estimate that prescribing vitamin D to the elderly population for prevention of hip fractures could reduce annual public costs by $37 million.

Hip fractures are common among people aged 65 years or older. In the United Kingdom, when a person experiences a hip fracture they are provided treatment and healthcare by the National Health Services. The cost of that hip fracture, then, comes from the population at large who pay taxes to fund the public healthcare program. This is similar in other countries that offer public healthcare.

Extensive research indicates that vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures. In hip fractures among the elderly, specifically, research suggests that 800 IU/day may be a sufficient dosage to help significantly reduce hip fractures.

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1 Response to Would a vitamin D prescription strategy help prevent hip fractures and cut down on public costs?

  1. hlahore@gmail.com

    – – – -Would save much more money if- – –
    Used higher dose of vitamin D – 800 IU is barely enough to make a difference
    Consider benefits to other health problems of seniors: example vertebral fracture
    Give an even higher dose to those seniors who are especially at high risk of being vitamin D deficient
    Include cofactors for strong bones: Magnesium for example (see below)
    – – – Suspect that the study assumed 100% compliance: typical = 30%
    – – – Appears that the study did not include education nor distribution costs for the vitamin D

    details and associated studies at http://vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page_id=5521

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