Thursday, May 06, 2021

Total knee replacement may be more painful for vitamin-D deficient postmenopausal women


News Release 5-May-2021
New study suggests that vitamin D deficiency, smoking, and high body mass index are independent risk factors for increased postoperative pain for postmenopausal women undergoing total knee replacement
The North American Menopause Society (NAMS)


CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 5, 2021)--Vitamin D is a critical part of a healthy diet. Among other benefits, it has been shown to protect against bone disease and maintain soft tissue health. A new study suggests that it may also play a role in the degree of postoperative pain postmenopausal women experience after undergoing total knee replacement. Study results are published online today in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

Vitamin D deficiency is a major issue globally. It is estimated that 60% of adults have insufficient levels of the bone-building vitamin. Estrogen deficiency in perimenopausal women has been associated with decreased levels of vitamin D. A sedentary lifestyle and lack of sun exposure have also been shown to contribute to vitamin D deficiency in perimenopausal women.


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