Lisa, how can I prevent a hip fracture and strengthen my bones?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that 24% of all falls are from muscle weakness and unsteady balance. This will result in 61% experiencing their first hip fracture and death will result from approximately 1,800 of those falls. Hip fracture surgery cost approximately $50,000 to $70,000 with the national average approximately $17,000.
There is a vitamin called Vitamin D 3. It is nicked named the Sunshine Pill. This vitamin has evidence-based research that shows it can help lessen the risk of falls and hip fractures by 30% when taken. Vitamin D3 deficiency will cause symptoms of
· Loss of balance
· Muscle wasting
· Cognitive or memory problems
· Nervous system disorders
To test to see if there is a Vitamin D3 deficiency, a blood test called Vitamin D 25-hydroxyvitamin (25 OH) is done. The approximate cost is about $40. A level under 30 is considered a Vitamin D3 deficiency.
To correct the deficiency
· A correcting dose of Vitamin D3 50,000 IU need to be taken once a week.
· Upon completing the 8 weeks, the Vitamin D3 (25 OH) level is tested again.
· Once the Vitamin D3 deficiency is corrected, a daily Vitamin D3 maintenance dose of 1,000 IU is taken.
The total cost of a Vitamin D3 deficiency is approximately $200 a year. This is a very inexpensive method for preventing falls and bone fractures. Other evidence-based research shows that the Sunshine Pill may have preventative measures with depression, cancer, and asthma in children.
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