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WEDNESDAY, May 5, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Estrogen deficiency, inactivity and a lack of sun exposure have been linked with vitamin D deficiency in perimenopausal women. During perimenopause, the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. Menopause, the end of a woman’s monthly period, follows within years.
The study authors concluded that vitamin D deficiency, smoking and a high body mass index (BMI) are independent risk factors for moderate to severe pain after the surgery. (BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.)
“These findings highlight opportunities for clinicians to address these modifiable factors before postmenopausal women undergo joint replacement surgeries,” Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release.
The report, by Dr. Yu Song of Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital Affiliated to Tongji University School of Medicine in China, and colleagues was published online May 5 in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society.
Such research could help health providers evaluate postmenopausal women before major joint surgeries, the study authors suggested.
Vitamin D deficiency is a major problem worldwide. An estimated 60% of adults have insufficient levels of the vitamin, the researchers said.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has more on total knee replacement.
SOURCE: North American Menopause Society, news release, May 5, 2021
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