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