Vitamin D Supplementation and Fall Risk

Swiss researchers evaluated monthly high-dose vitamin D supplementation in 200 adults 70 years and older with a history of a fall in the past year. They were randomized to receive one of three monthly regimens, including the control group. At 12 months, lower extremity function was the same in all groups, but fall rates were…

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Prevent Falls with Simple Home Modifications

Simple home safety modifications for the elderly can reduce the risk of falls significantly. Homes which had added handrails, non-slip bath mats, and slip resistant surfaces and steps were compared over 3 years with those who did have this safety modifications. The occupants of the safer homes had 26% fewer falls and 39% few injuries each…

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BP Meds Up Hip Fractures in Elderly

The risk of fracturing a hip is significantly higher during the first 45 days of antihypertensive treatment than before or after. A large Canadian study of older adults found that this risk was consistent for all classes of anti-hypertensives, and is thought to be caused by dizziness, fainting, or syncope. PositiveTip: While blood pressure medications may be…

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At-home and Group Exercise Cuts Falls in Seniors

Group and home-based exercise programs decrease the risk of falling among the elderly living in the community according to a large review and meta-analysis. Group exercise decreased the risk of falling by 15% compared to no exercise, and at-home activities reduced the risk by 22%. Targeting at least two of the following factors was effective in reducing…

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Novel Exercise Program Yields Benefits

Australian researchers have found in a radomized trial that embedding balance and strength movements into every day activities may help older people prevent falls and improve overall strength and balance. Those participants who employed these exercises in everyday life experienced 31% fewer falls when compared to the control group during the 12 month follow-up. Activities…

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Vitamin D Makes You Fall Down

Lots of people are urged by their doctors to take Vitamin D supplements to preserve strong bones. But a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports a surprising complication from vitamin D supplements.

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