Now there’s a new finding which some experts have suspected for a while. Vitamin D may prevent falls in the elderly – yes, the falls themselves, irrespective of whether vitamin D prevents a fracture once you’ve hit the floor – which it probably does.
Fall prevention is important as people age, as falls cause hospitalisation, nursing home admission and death.
The theory behind vitamin D preventing falls is that it may actually strengthen muscles in its own right.
So a group in Boston brought together all the trials of vitamin D and falls and found that it reduced the risk of a fall by about 20 per cent, and that 15 people aged around 70 needed to take vitamin D for anything up to three years for one person to avoid a fall.
Title: Journal of the American Medical Association
Author: Bischoff-Ferrari HA et al