Vitamin D has long been known to promote good health, and results of a recent study show that elderly patients going in for orthopedic surgery can benefit greatly from getting enough of the nutrient. SeniorJournal.com reports that nearly 50 percent of patients going in for orthopedic surgery are vitamin D-deficient, a problem that can easily be corrected ahead of the procedure.
The study, which was published in The Journal of Joint and Bone Surgery, stresses the importance of the vitamin when it comes to bone health and the bone healing process after surgery.
Dr Joseph Lane says that the number should serve as a wake up call to people who want to be up and moving around sooner after a procedure.
"We recommend that people undergoing a procedure that involves the bone or the muscle should correct their vitamin D if they want to have an earlier faster, better, result," Lane told the news source.
Vitamin D deficiency has been recognized as a growing problem among the elderly because it is sometimes difficult to get from foods. Experts say that food such as fish and milk have the highest concentration of the vitamin.