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Tip # 38: Preventing Falls in the Elderly

In elderly adults, falls occur frequently and are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Research suggests that vitamin D may help prevent these dangerous falls.

Cross-sectional studies have shown that elderly adults with higher serum levels of vitamin D demonstrate a lower number of falls, as well as increased muscle strength.  One meta-analysis found that vitamin D supplementation helped reduce the risk of falling by more than 20%.   A randomized, controlled trial found that three months of supplementing with 1200 mg of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D3 daily reduced the risk of falling by 49% in adults in a long-term geriatric care facility.

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