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Nutrition and Functional Foods for Healthy Aging by Ronald Ross Watson

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Chapter 13

Vitamin D and the Elderly Orthopedic Patient

Gerrit Steffen Maier1, Andreas Alois Kurth3, Konstantin Horas2, Kristina Kolbow1, Jörn Bengt Seeger4, Klaus Edgar Roth5, Djordje Lazovic1 and Uwe Maus1,    1Carl-von-Ossietzky-University, Oldenburg, Germany,    2Julius-Maxilians-University, Würzburg, Germany,    3Themistocles Gluck Hospital, Ratingen, Germany,    4Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany,    5Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany

Abstract

Vitamin D is a key player in calcium homeostasis and bone health. Beyond these well-known effects, new data suggest that vitamin D deficiency potentiates a variety of chronic disease states, including diabetes, cancer, and depression. Extremely low vitamin D levels have been associated ...

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