Low vitamin D linked with increased diabetic foot ulcers

A recent study has found that low serum levels of vitamin D were significantly associated with a higher prevalence of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) in elderly patients with diabetes.

Vitamin D deficiency is common in elderly patients with diabetes, and this research – the first study to assess vitamin D levels in elderly patients hospitalized with a diabetic foot ulcer – found that, as average serum levels of vitamin D decreased, the severity of diabetic foot ulcers increased.

The relationship between diabetic foot ulcers and vitamin D levels is controversial, with conflicting data, but the authors suggest that elderly people with diabetes should undergo routine vitamin D screening or receive vitamin D supplementation to prevent the onset or improve the prognosis of diabetic foot ulcers.

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