June 2017

Does vitamin D prevent falls?

There’s a lot of research evaluating vitamin D for fall prevention and a lot of conflicting results. The latest analysis shows that taking vitamin D does NOT significantly reduce risk of falls in the elderly. This contradicts practice guidelines that recommend vitamin D 800 IU daily based on previous evidence that it reduces fall risk by up to 50% in some elderly patients. The reason for such disparate study findings is not entirely clear, but might have to do with the different ways researchers measure falls.  Although it is unclear how much vitamin D helps for falls, it still makes sense to ensure elderly patients have adequate vitamin D intake. 

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