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Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Falls in Older Women

By January 22, 2008

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Approximately 1/3 of women over 65 fall each year, and 6% get a fracture as a result of the fall. But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that vitamin D supplements, in addition to calcium supplements, were associated with a 23% reduced risk of falling in the winter and spring.

The main source of vitamin D comes from UVB rays from the sun. There's growing consensus that vitamin D reference intakes need to be increased, based on evidence that vitamin D insufficiency is widespread. It's of particular concern in the winter in northern cities such as Boston or New York, where there aren't enough UVB rays during the winter to form vitamin D.

Related Articles: Source: R.L. Prince, N. Austin et al. Effects of Ergocalciferol Added to Calcium on the Risk of Falls in Elderly High-Risk Women. Archives of Internal Medicine. (2008) 168.1: 103-108.
Comments
January 29, 2008 at 12:30 pm
(1) oldpoet says:

Hi!
I take 400 IU of encapsulated vitamin D-3 oil twice a day (D-3 is the vitamin you or anyone else should be taking). Makes me glad to hear positive stuff when it comes to supplements, and especially one that I already use.
Posted a message on your forum. Where is everyone? Is your forum dead?
Do you have more information on Vinpocetine? Could you tell me if I took it with a blood thinner, would it thin my blood further, or would it have a vitamin K effect and thicken it? I really need to know.
Thanks!
Iona – - aka pilgrim, aka oldpoet,

February 5, 2008 at 11:20 am
(2) Reverse Therapy says:

I don’t take vitamin D but I may start not, I have read in several places that it does a lot of good.

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