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Vitamin D Deficiency Can Interfere With Bone Healing

Brandt R Gibson, DPM
Podiatrist, Neuropathy Doctor, Father of 11 and Founder of Mountain West Foot & Ankle Institute
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Vitamin D was once thought to be received in adequate levels just from the sun.  But in a society where we spend large amounts of time inside or with sunblocks, we get significantly less vitamin D environmentaly than we would expect.  In fact, it has become a heavily studied entity with deficiency becoming well known as common.  You may be deficient and not even know it.

An interesting finding that has been related to vitamin D deficiency is poor bone healing.  Vitamin D is necessary for calcium absorption, but may play other roles in bone healing problems also.  Therefore, if you have a fracture, recently had a bone surgery or even more importantly are having problems healing bone, we recommend a blood test to evaluate vitamin D levels.

Is My Vitamin D Low?

Vitamin D should be at a level of 50-60ng/ml on studies, much higher than the recommended 32ng/ml considered normal in most studies.  Therefore, just because your lab test says your vitamin D is normal, doesn't mean that it really is where it should be.  Talk with your physician about your levels and get recommendations for increasing your vitamin D.

Increasing My Levels

The best way to increase your vitamin D levels is to work with your physician on correct dosage.  Another possible option, however, is through taking 3000 IU (some studies say 5000 IU) per day for 2-3 months and then having it tested again.  We would be happy to evaluate what levels would be best to help you heal your bone as quickly as possible.
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