Vitamin D status: a review with implications for the pelvic floor

International Urogynecology Journal, 03/26/2012

This paper reviews current knowledge regarding vitamin D nutritional status, the importance of vitamin D in muscle function, and how insufficient or deficient vitamin D levels may play a role in the function of the female pelvic floor.

  • Vitamin D is a micronutrient vital in calcium homeostasis and musculoskeletal function.
  • Vitamin D insufficiency is a common variant of vitamin D deficiency that shows clinical signs of rickets and osteomalacia.
  • The clinical significance of vitamin D insufficiency is being explored in several medical conditions.
  • However, the most robust work suggests a role in musculoskeletal disease.
  • The pelvic floor is a unique part of the body and the function of which is dependent on interrelationships between muscle, nerve, connective tissue, and bone.
  • Pelvic floor disorders result when these relationships are disrupted.

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