17 August 2015
A team of researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina has discovered that vitamin D supplements can decrease the incidence of falls in older adults who are restricted to their homes.
The 68 participants either received a monthly vitamin D supplement or a placebo when taking part in the study, and then reported whether they had had a fall, and if so what injuries they had suffered over a five-month period.
Falls were found to be half as common in the group that had been given vitamin D compared to the control group. Before the experiment began, tests showed that only 25 per cent of participants had vitamin D levels in the optimal range, and the levels of more than half were classed as insufficient.
The supplements raised the amounts of vitamin D in the blood to adequate levels in all but one of the participants given the supplements.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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