ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Younger, not older patients, appear to have more problems with Vitamin D deficiencies — according to a new Washington University School of Medicine study.
At least that’s the case in this study that involved more than 300 patients undergoing spinal surgery.
According to lead researcher Dr. Jacob Buchowski, “57 percent of patients had inadequate vitamin D levels and 27 percent were vitamin D deficient.”
That vitamin D deficiency was a bigger problem for younger patients that it was for older ones. Possibly, says Buchowski, because many older patients take calcium supplements with Vitamin D already in them.
Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, and patients who lack it can have difficulty producing new bone which can, in turn, interfere with healing following spinal surgery.
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