Vitamin D helps reduce fracture risk in the elderly

Doctors gave 124 nursing home residents, average age 89, 200 IU, 400 IU, 600 IU or 800 IU of vitamin D2 per day for five months and found that only 20% of those in the 800 IU group experienced a fall compared to 44% who took placebo. Also, those who fell in the 800 IU vitamin D group fell 72% fewer times compared to placebo, while those who fell in the other vitamin D groups fell about as often as placebo.

In the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study Cohort, researchers measured blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in 400 women who had hip fracture compared to other women without hip fracture over a seven-year period and found that those with the lowest vitamin D levels had 77% more fracture risk compared to those with higher levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, even after adjusting for other risk factors. 

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