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Vitamin D plus Calcium Reduces the Risk of Falls

In a systematic review examining evidence related to the relationship between vitamin D and the risk of falls, the authors identified 26 eligible trials of moderate quality that included data from 45,782 subjects (majority elderly and female), and found that vitamin D use was associated with a statistically significant reduction in the risk of falls (OR=0.86 for suffering at least one fall), particularly in those who were vitamin D deficient at baseline and in whom calcium was co-administered. These results suggest vitamin D plus calcium may reduce the risk of falls, particularly in elderly women.

Reference:

"The Effect of Vitamin D on Falls: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," Murad MH, Elamin KB, et al, J Clin Endocrinol Metab, 2011 July 27; [Epub ahead of print]. (Address: Knowledge and Encounter Research Unit (M.H.M., N.O.A.E., M.B.E., A.A.A., M.M.F., J.P.A., R.J.M., M.A.L., P.J.E., V.M.M.), and Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine (M.H.M., D.D.H.), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905, USA).

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