Vitamin D, exercise combo might prevent falls

May 29, 2012 2:58:50 PM PDT
The combination of exercise and vitamin D may actually help to prevent falls in older adults.

A new study in the Annals of internal Medicine suggests older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance of injury. That's according to new recommendation by a government-backed panel.

The new guidelines printed in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests 30 to 40 percent of people age 65 and older fall at least once a year, and 5-10 percent of them will have a serious injury.

It is estimated vitamin D, exercise and physical therapy can moderately reduce the risk of falling by up to 17 percent.


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