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Vitamin D for Fall Prevention

Diet, Supplement, and Sunlight will keep you upright

Health researchers agreed: Seniors need vitamin D to lower their risk for falls. “For the population of older adults, a total average daily intake from all sources (diet, supplement, and sunlight) of 4000 IU will ensure that 90% of the population will achieve serum vitamin D levels of around 30 ng/mL (75 nmol/L)” which appears to protect against fall-related injuries and fractures according to the new consensus statement in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

“The impact on fractures is most likely due to the reduction in falls. In older adults, the impact of vitamin D on bone density is very small, while the impact on falls is measurable,” according James Judge, MD, chair of the American Geriatrics Society’s (AGS’s) Consensus Statement on Vitamin D Supplementation for Older Adults Work Group.

 

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jgs.12631/full

 

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