Don't Take the Fall, Take Vitamin D Instead

Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

According to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association, older adults who take vitamin D supplements may substantially reduce their risk of falling. The study pulled data from 5 randomized studies pertaining to vitamin D and falls. The studies involved approximately 1,200 participants, aged 60 and older. Over 80% were women.

Participants were divided into 2 groups – one group receiving calcium and vitamin D supplements in varying dosages, and the other receiving either a placebo or calcium alone. The group that received the vitamin D supplements had a 22% lower risk of falling than the group that did not receive the supplements. Researchers believe that a certain component of vitamin D binds to a specific receptor in muscle tissue, thus improving muscle function. Vitamin D also aids the body in absorbing calcium, which is then deposited into bones.