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Can Vitamin D Predict Risk of Fracture?

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Bernhard Hansbauer

Question

Is vitamin D status a suitable parameter to determine risk of fractures? Should vitamin D screening be established?

Answer

Although low vitamin D concentrations ( 20 ng/mL) are associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis and fractures it appears to be insufficient as isolated risk factor. Additional parameters such as age, intake of steroids, family history etc. should be considered in daily practice. A general screening for vitamin D cannot be recommended at this point in time.


(State: 11.01.2013)

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