Increased vitamin D intake cuts risk of falls in elderly

August 31, 2006 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Increased vitamin D intake cuts risk of falls in elderly

Researchers from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam have found that increasing vitamin D intake from supplements, diet or sun exposure could significantly cut the risk of falls in the elderly.

The latest study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism followed over 1200 men and women older than 65. Serum levels of vitamin D were measured at the beginning of the study. During the course of a year, subjects reported the number of falls they experienced.

Researchers report that levels of vitamin D lower than 10 nanograms per milliliter of serum were linked to a 78 percent increased risk of falling at least twice.

While these latest findings show that vitamin D is independently associated with a higher risk of recurrent falls, further studies are needed to fully investigate the link.

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