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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