Vitamin D deficiency might affect recovery from knee surgery

Could a vitamin D deficiency be linked to a more painful recovery from knee surgery? A study published online May 5, 2021, by the journal Menopause says it’s possible.

The study looked at 226 women recruited from 2017 to 2019. Researchers divided women into two groups based on their vitamin D levels before undergoing surgery.

One group had normal vitamin D levels (at or above 30 ng/mL); the other group was defined as vitamin D deficient (below 30 ng/mL). The women were tracked to see how well they did after surgery. While there was no difference found between the groups in how successful the surgery was in improving knee function, there were differences in how much recuperation pain the women experienced.

Women with low blood levels of vitamin D were more likely to have moderate to severe pain during recovery than women with normal vitamin D levels. This does not mean that taking additional vitamin D would decrease pain after knee surgery, but the findings add to the growing list of conditions other than bone health related to low vitamin D levels.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9 NIV

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 NIV

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14 NIV

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13 NIV

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37 NIV

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. Micah 7:18 NIV

You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5 NIV

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39 NIV

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2 NIV

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NIV

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7 NIV

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