Vitamin D slashes your risk of falls in half

Every year, that staircase gets just a little bit steeper, doesn’t it? And all around your home you worry about those loose corners of carpeting, extension cords, or the grandchildren’s toys just waiting to trip you over.

And it’s because you know that just one bad fall — or one serious bone break — could be all it takes to cost you your independence forever. In fact, about 25,000 elderly patients die of fall-related injuries every single year.

But if you’re living in constant fear of slipping and falling, the good news is that these accidents are largely preventable. And the remedy is free.

According to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vitamin D can help you build your muscles and bones and slash your risk of a serious fall by a whopping 50 per cent!

Researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in North Carolina recruited 68 elderly residents from the Meals on Wheels programme and gave half of them a monthly vitamin D supplement of 100,000 international units (IUs).

That’s a pretty hearty dose, but nearly all of the patients were low on vitamin D at the beginning of the study. That doesn’t surprise me, as we get most of our vitamin D from the sun and these patients were homebound.

But after just five months, the patients who took the sunshine vitamin every day reported about half as many falls as those getting a placebo. Imagine that — a simple, drug-free solution that could lead to half as many trips to the emergency room — or maybe even to a nursing home.

I’ve been watching the mainstream dismiss all of this promising research on vitamin D for years. Because your body makes vitamin D from sunlight, they’ll tell you that people with high vitamin D levels are healthier and stronger because they’re outside more and are more active.

But, again, all the participants in this study were homebound. So I’ll be interested to see how some of my mainstream colleagues will find a way around that.

The fact is, there’s a stack of research proving that the sunshine vitamin promotes muscle growth. And it helps deliver calcium to your bones, which makes them stronger and makes you sturdier.

The best way to get vitamin D is to spend 20 to 30 minutes outside in the sun each day.

But if that’s not an option — or if you live in a colder climate where the winter months are longer — a daily supplement of vitamin d of around 2,000 IU a day can do the trick.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Vitamin D supplements could help reduce falls in homebound elderly, medicalxpress.com

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