Vitamin D

Vitamin D deficiency increases risk of pelvic floor disorders

Vitamin D deficiency may put women at higher risk of incontinence and pelvic floor disorders, a study suggests (Obstet Gynaecol 2010; 115: 795-803).

Data from a US national health and nutrition survey showed that women with below normal levels of vitamin D were more likely to have incontinence and one or more pelvic floor disorders, irrespective of age.

Among women aged 50-plus years, vitamin D levels of 30 nanograms/mL or higher appeared to be protective against urinary incontinence.

The researchers showed that for each 5 nanograms/mL increase in vitamin D levels, there was a 6 per cent drop in the risk of pelvic floor disorders when adjusted for age and body mass index (BMI).

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