Research Article
Volume 11 Issue 5 - 2020
Vitamin C and Hip Fractures-Review
Ray Marks*
Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, United States
*Corresponding Author: Marks Ray, Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, United States.
Received: April 08, 2020; Published: April 20, 2020


Introduction: Disabling or life-threatening hip fractures, which are highly prevalent among older populations remain highly challenging to prevent and treat effectively.

Objectives: This mini-review strove to examine whether: 1) vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant potentially involved in many physiological processes, such as bone maintenance, may possibly influence the risk of hip fracture and/or reduce its adverse consequences, and 2) more research in this realm is warranted and should be undertaken.

Methods: A comprehensive scan and narrative review of available relevant English language research reports published over the last 40 years (1980 - 2020) and located in key data bases was undertaken. Reviewed specifically were the selected study conclusions, approaches, sampling methods, study sample, and hip fracture vitamin C associations.

Results: Along with very few studies on the present topic, no clear conclusion as regards the nature of any clinically relevant association between vitamin C and hip fractures was evidenced among the diverse published works. More recent works are however, alluding to more favorable mediating or moderating effects on hip fracture injuries than not, especially in the context of prevailing vitamin C deficiencies.

Conclusion: More research to delineate a possible clinically important mediating role for vitamin C in the context of hip fractures, which remain largely impervious to current modes of prevention and long-term intervention is strongly indicated to advance this potential area of salience for reducing the hip fracture burden.

Keywords: Ascorbic Acid; Bone Health; Hip Fractures; Intervention; Prevention; Surgery; Vitamin C


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Citation: Ray Marks. “Vitamin C and Hip Fractures-Review”. EC Orthopaedics 11.5 (2020): 33-41.

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