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Did ‘D’ Deficiency Lead to Gruesome Injury?

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Whether you’re following the NCAA basketball tournament or not, you probably heard about, and unfortunately saw, Louisville Sophomore Kevin Ware’s horrifying leg injury last weekend. Ware suffered a compound, open fracture on a seemingly innocuous play, leading some to speculate that a lack of vitamin D and calcium played a part in the injury.

Tim Hewitt, director of sports medicine research at Ohio State University told ABC News that it’s likely that Ware had porous bones as a result of being deficient in vitamin D and calcium.

“Watching the video tape over and over, I would not expect this type of fracture to occur. I suspect he had some risk factors that created some sort of bone deficit,” Hewitt told ABC.

Ware is African American. According to U.S. government data, nearly 1 in 3 African Americans today are severely deficient in vitamin D — a figure that has increased 322 percent from just 9 percent a generation ago.

The effects of vitamin D on bone health are well established. Various studies have shown that higher vitamin D levels reduce the risk of bone fractures and breaks. Without proper vitamin D levels, bones can become thin, brittle, or misshapen, according the National Health Institute.



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