Postmenopausal women and seniors are the two groups most likely to be contending with osteoporosis. Although many take bisphosphonate drugs like Fosamax to treat bone loss, many patients can be susceptible to injuries if they take Fosamax for prolonged periods. Unfortunately, the drug, manufactured by Merck & Co., Inc., is thought to cause atypical femur fractures and jawbone death in some patients. Many have sued Merck for injuries they’ve sustained while taking Fosamax. Those for whom a drug like Fosamax might be the only solution to keeping bone loss at bay should protect themselves from the severe side effects the drug might cause. One form of protection is to ensure that there are adequate levels of vitamin D in the body, obtained nutritionally or via supplements.
It is becoming evident by all recent studies conducted that Vitamin D deficiency can have a serious impact on the health of both adults and children, but especially the latter. If children are not exposed to enough sunlight, or if they do not obtain adequate amounts of vitamin D through diet or supplements, they could face many health issues as they age. One problem could be premature osteoporosis.
Pediatricians Encouraged to Screen All Children
According to to the latest research to come out of Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, pediatricians are advised to screen all their patients for the risk factors associated with low levels of vitamin D. Normal levels of vitamin D in the blood should be above 20 nanograms per milliliter. Anything below that number is considered “suboptimal” and would need to be treated with the addition of supplements to the child’s diet. Those children at risk for vitamin D deficiency include:
- Breast-fed children: Breast milk is known for having minimal amounts of vitamin D.
- Obese Children: Children eating poor diets are notoriously deficient in many important vitamins and minerals, including vitamin D.
- Children with Certain Medical Conditions: Children with cystic fibrosis, type 1 or type 2 diabetes and certain gastrointestinal disorders might be susceptible to vitamin D deficiency because of a lack of nutrient absorption associated with these conditions.
It is estimated that vitamin D deficiency is widespread in the United States, with one in 10 children thought to have inadequate levels of vitamin D in their bodies. Children who are not treated could develop ailments such as cancer, heart disease, immune deficiencies, skeletal deformities, and premature osteoporosis.
Dr. Dominique Long, an endocrinologist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center commented, “Vitamin D deficiency can be a problem year round, but because sun exposure is critical for vitamin D synthesis and production, the winter months further exacerbate what is a perennial problem.”
Parents are advised to consult their child’s pediatrician about screening if there is a history of osteoporosis or other ailments associated with vitamin D deficiency in the family.
RLG Represents Injured Fosamax Users
If you have been taking Fosamax for an extended period of time, and have suffered a femur fracture, it could be because of the medication, and you might be eligible for compensation by filing a femur fracture lawsuit against Merck. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group can help. Our Fosamax lawyers have over 25 years of collective experience advocating for clients in consumer product injury and mass tort cases. Please fill out our contact form or call us at 1-877-332-2347, and one of our lawyers will be in touch.
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