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Vitamin D May Prevent Falls

Filed Under: Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Vitamin D in conjunction with physical therapy may reduce the chance of injury for older adults who are at high risk of falls. The latest study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that 30 to 40 percent of people age 65 or older fall at least once each year, and five to ten percent of them will have a serious injury such as a hip fracture.

A leading cause of injury among older adults, Falling is “a common problem and it’s often overlooked because doctors may not be aware of their patients’ fall risk,” said Dr. Albert Siu, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and vice co-chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which came out with the recommendations on Monday.

According to these new guidelines, vitamin D, exercise and physical therapy are moderately beneficial, reducing the risk of falling by 13 to 17 percent. Cheese, butter, margarine, cereals, fortified milk, and fatty fish such as cod and salmon are good sources of vitamin D. Exposure to natural sunlight is also important to maintain healthy levels of D.

The panel found that vitamin D supplements can be helpful to prevent falls, taking the usual dose of 800 international units (IUs) per day, The study suggest continue intake may produce results in approximately one year.

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2 Responses to “Vitamin D May Prevent Falls”

  1. Thanh says:

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  2. Kelson says:

    Hey Useful info. Thanks for the post.

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