Acupuncture & Naturopathic News- Low Vitamin D Levels found in Orthopedic Traumas

Vitamin D: Naturopathic Powerhouse

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A new report by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (not known to be a hot bed of alternative medicine sympathizers)  made a startiling announcement at their 2012 meeting; over 77% of Orothopedic Trauma patients had Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.  

The implications of this finding are profound: Over 300,000 hip fractures occur in the United States annually.  Add to that vertebral fractures and other broken bones and we see that Orthopedic Trauma is common. Approximately 15-20% of patients with hip fracture die within 1 year of their fracture.

In this context, Vitamin D may be a life saving medical breakthrough.

 

 The Un-Vitamin

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Vitamin D actually meets the definition of a Hromone.  It’s synthesized in the body and acts all throughout your system.  Vitamin D has potent immune modulating effects and some doctors are even touting it as a potent-antiviral medication.

We make Vitamin D in response to sun-exposure.  Unfortunately, with the prevelance of sun cancer we’ve had to become somewhat sun-averse and in turn are producing less vitamin D.

It’s high-time that Vitamin D testing becomes as routine as cholesterol testing.  Ask your doc for a Vitamin D3 level at your next physical. In our Phoenix clinic we routinely run Vitamin D3 levels on our patients.  Acupuncture always works better when a person’s nutritional status is optimized. For otherwise healthy patients we shoot a target range at the higher end of normal – (around 55 ng/ml) of course everyone’s needs are different.

We’ll talk more about Vitamin D in future posts, but I could not wait to pass on the news about this Orthopedic study.

This is the year of Vitamin D!

Have you had your vitamin D level tested?  Have you supplemented with Vitamin D?  Tell us about your experience.

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