Published on August 27, 2019
Vitamin D plays a significant role in bone health. In June 2019, results from a study assessing the dose-response relationship between vitamin D level and bone quality and risk of fracture-related hospitalization among 1,348 Australian women aged 70 to 85 years were published.
What were the findings of the study?
The research team found that bone mineral density, a measure of bone quality, was higher with increasing vitamin D levels (plateauing around 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L)), as shown on the charts below.
Also, as vitamin D levels increased, risk of hip fracture and any fracture-related hospitalization decreased, as shown on the charts below. Specifically, those with vitamin D levels at or above 30 ng/ml (75 nmol/L) had a 39% lower risk of hip fracture (P=0.02) and a 30% lower risk of fracture-related hospitalization (P=0.007) compared to those with levels less than 20 ng/ml (50 nmol/L).
Are you getting enough vitamin D?
Testing your vitamin D level regularly and taking daily steps to keep it at a target level of 40-60 ng/ml (100-150 nmol/L) is important for all stages of health. Find out your levels today! Log on to the shop (click the link below) to get your tests and see for yourself if your levels can be improved.
Make sure you track your results before and after, about every 6 months!
How can I track my sun exposure and vitamin D levels?
To help you track your sun exposure and vitamin D levels, GrassrootsHealth has created an online tracking system called myData-myAnswers. You can also track your dietary intake and supplement use to see how both sun exposure and vitamin D from food and supplements impact your vitamin D levels. Check it out today!
How Can You Use this Information for YOUR Health?
Having and maintaining healthy vitamin D and other nutrient levels can help improve your health now and for your future. Measuring is the only way to make sure you are getting enough!
STEP 1 Order your at-home blood spot test kit to measure vitamin D and other nutrients of concern to you, such as omega-3s, magnesium, essential and toxic elements (zinc, copper, selenium, lead, cadmium, mercury); include hsCRP as a marker of inflammation or HbA1c for blood sugar health
STEP 2 Answer the online questionnaire as part of the GrassrootsHealth study
STEP 3 Using our educational materials and tools (such as our dose calculators), assess your results to determine if you are in your desired target range or if actions should be taken to get there
STEP 4 After 3-6 months of implementing your changes, re-test to see if you have achieved your target level(s)