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Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls

Neither worked to cut odds for any type of falls, but exercise may help prevent injury if a tumble occurs

The study suggests that “exercise seemed to be more effective in reducing injurious falls in this age group,” Uusi-Rasi said, “with or without vitamin D.”

By contrast, vitamin D supplements were not linked to a lower risk for serious injury, whether taken alone or in combination with exercise. Vitamin D supplements did help maintain, or even slightly increase bone density in certain areas, according to the study.

“Exercise improves functionality,” said Uusi-Rasi, who added that the women who exercised showed improvements not only in muscle strength and power, but also in mobility and balance. Such improvements, she theorized, might generally enable older women to fall in a safer way, though her team did not specifically explore that question.

Although the study didn’t include male participants, Uusi-Rasi said exercise is probably equally protective for men. She noted that earlier research has suggested that exercise has a similar beneficial impact across gender.

In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Erin LeBlanc, an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore., cautioned that the conclusions about vitamin D may not apply to all seniors, given that the Finnish pool of subjects were all white females who started the study with optimal vitamin D levels.

“[It’s] surprising because previous studies have found that vitamin D can prevent falling,” LeBlanc said. “But the studies have all been slightly different, and these differences could explain the different findings.” On that score, she noted that it’s possible that the specific vitamin D dosage offered to the Finnish group was somewhat lower than ideal.

Regardless, LeBlanc argued that it’s too soon to rule out vitamin D as a fall preventative, given that it — and exercise — are both inexpensive and low-risk, and have previously been associated with fostering greater muscle strength and balance.

Courtesy: http://www.webmd.com/

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4 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Bella
    March 29, 2016

    I think exercise can make the bones and muscles stronger, therefore you are less likely to fall in any case, but vitamins strengthen and heal the body. People do injure themselves, even healthy people because they may just be clumsy, but I don’t think taking vitamin d was ever a reason to help prevent injuries from falls.

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  2. Profile photo of Fiona Fletcher
    March 24, 2016

    This is the first time I have heard it suggested that vitamin D could be linked to reducing injury from falls. I am well aware that it does provide a number of benefits including helping teeth and bones and resistance to some disease, but this is a new one to me. I will certainly be doing more research.

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  3. Profile photo of Valerie
    March 16, 2016

    Though I’ve never heard that claim of Vitamin D preventing falls (sounds a bit fishy if you ask me), I can say that yes, exercise does indeed improve balance and stability. This is why its important for the elderly to get up and move around, practice tai chi and yoga, and enhance their kinesthetic sense.

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  4. Profile photo of Cynthia Zirkwitz
    March 14, 2016

    This is sort a confusing study for me. I have an 87-year old friend, very slender and in tiptop physical condition, given her age, because she walks briskly for about an hour every day. She snapped back within a very short time when she fell and broke a hip last year (they just stapled it and she was back to walking within a couple of months) but this year she tripped over a cement lump coming out from her home and fell on her face, sustaining a concussion. She still walks, but she is anxious and apprehensive, now, and has a number of symptoms associated with brain injury. This woman walks faster than I can, and indeed many other people I know, who are twenty years younger than she is. And yet she has sustained two serious falls over the past couple of years. Knowing that exercise is generally improves balance and functionality, as determined by this study, is not all that reassuring for me as an aging person.

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