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Spinal cord injury - test Vitamin D bi-annually - 2022

Chapter 35 - Vitamin D and spinal cord injury

in: Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury - 2022, Pages 453-460
https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-822498-4.00035-X PDF is behind a paywall
Kelly Pritchett Brianna Rice Sophia Berg

Chapter Abstract
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in many functions in the body including musculoskeletal, immune, and neurological health. Vitamin D can be obtained through sun exposure, diet, and supplements; however, most Americans do not meet the recommended amount of vitamin D daily. Furthermore, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the US is estimated to be around 40%. Athletes may be at an increased risk for vitamin D deficiency related to increased physical activity and enzymatic activity. Athletes with spinal cord injury (SCI) may be at even higher risk of vitamin D deficiency due to a lack of mobility, thermoregulatory dysfunction, and malabsorption concerns related to anticonvulsant medications.
Athletes with SCI should be screened biannually for 25(OH)D status to determine whether supplementation is warranted. A 12- to 16-week sliding scale supplementation protocol based on the individual’s vitamin D status can be applied for individuals with an insufficient or deficient status. However, it remains unclear if there is a relationship between athletic performance and vitamin D status and there is a need for more research in this area.

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Some of the benefits of adding Vitamin D after Spinal Card Injury

  1. Treats SCI if done quickly (a Vitamin D loading dose seems essential)
  2. People with SCI tend to be Shut-in and get less sunshine
  3. Reduces Pain,Fatigue, Depression
  4. I Helps increase strength
  5. Reduce risk of osteoporosis (very common in SCI)
  6. Reduce risk of pressure ulcers
  7. Reduce risk of. becoming obese
  8. Reduces bone loss resulting from spinal cord injury 2021, FREE PDF

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