Vitamin D supps should remain in fall prevention strategies for elderly say experts

Vitamin D as a prevention for falls in older adults should continue say experts, despite new research showing that  supplementation didn't lower fall rates in women in this age-group. The Finnish study results, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine this week, indicate that neither vitamin D or exercise reduced overall falls in over 400 home-dwelling, white women (ages 70 to 80). However, in an accompanying editorial, two US experts say that although the trial was one of the “highest quality studies” conducted in this area, its results did not change the overall balance of evidence favouring vitamin D use to prevent falls in the elderly, as previous trials show that vitamin D is linked to an 11 percent reduced risk of falls.

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