The role of vitamin D deficiency in osteoporosis and fractures

Minn Med. 2005 Nov;88(11):34-6.


Vitamin D deficiency is a major risk factor for accelerated bone loss, which contributes to morbidity in older adults. It is easy to diagnose, and treatment is safe and cost-effective. This article reviews the amount of vitamin D needed by certain populations in order to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures associated with the disease. It also summarizes the results of a study involving 81 hip-fracture patients that found 80% had abnormally low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Hip Fractures / epidemiology*
  • Hip Fractures / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Minnesota
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Osteoporosis / epidemiology*
  • Osteoporosis / etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Vitamin D / administration & dosage
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / complications
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / epidemiology*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / etiology


  • Vitamin D