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Hip fracture patients are 'almost universally' deficient in vitamin D, a new study reveals.

The researchers said doctors should 'do all they can' to encourage patients to adhere to vitamin D supplementation.

A retrospective analysis of 548 patients over 60 found 97.8 per cent had vitamin D levels below 70nmol/l and 91.6 per cent below 50nmol/l.

Study leader Dr Stephen Gallacher, a consultant endocrinologist at Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, said the study showed vitamin D inadequacy was a 'significant correctable risk factor' for fragility fractures.

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