Use of Vitamin D Linked to Decrease in Falling Accidents Among the Elderly
Fall accidents are extremely serious and can cause severe injuries, especially when they involve the elderly. According to nationwide statistics, it is estimated that about thirty to forty percent of all maturely aged persons will sustain at least one fall per year. Unfortunately, a large proportion of these victims are never able to fully recover from their injuries and have a higher likelihood of death within a year after being injured. Medical treatment to address fall-related injuries for younger people are often routine and typically heal within a short period of time. However, when elderly individuals sustain falls, they may require highly invasive medical procedures and painful rehabilitation in order to restore their mobility.
While slip and falls among the aged population can cause lifelong consequences, recent research suggests that there is hope. According to a study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, taking vitamin D may reduce the risks of falling among senior citizens. Specifically, the study found that regularly taking Vitamin D may decrease the chances of sustaining a fall accident among the elderly by more than 15%. Subjects in the study were provided with 800 mg of Vitamin D per day and demonstrated a much lesser likelihood of sustaining falls when compared to those not taking the supplement.
Importantly, the above study is not the first time that Vitamin D has been recognized as able to develop weakened muscle tissue caused by age and ultimately prevent falls. While some consumer groups are hesitant to recognize Vitamin D as able to prevent fall accidents, others emphasize that physicians should recommend the supplement to their geriatric patients. Those in favor of using Vitamin D to prevent fall accidents further suggest that taking the supplement in addition to following an exercise program will help reduce the risks of falls and associated injuries.
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