Reduce Your Risk of Falling With Vitamin D
What can you do to help reduce your risk of dangerous falls? According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), vitamin D2 and D3 supplementation can reduce the risk of falling in mature adults.
As we age our bones become more brittle, creating a very serious risk of potentially life threatening fractures. A broken limb from a fall can reduce mobility, but a broken rib could potentially puncture vital organs, causing death.
EFSA found that 5 randomized trials presented by a vitamin manufacturer were consistent in their findings regarding the association between vitamin D supplementation and the risk of falling.
The results of the trials showed that people over the age of 60 who consumed 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D significantly reduced their risk of falling.
Additionally, they found that vitamin D supplementation in combination with calcium supplementation even further reduced the risk of falling. The combination was associated with improved body sway, muscle function and strength as well as a reduced risk of falling.
Vitamin D, sometimes referred to as “the sunshine vitamin,” has been linked to numerous health benefits. While bone health seems to be the most prevalent, research has also connected this super vitamin with reductions in skin cancer, improved cardiovascular health, combating diabetes, and improving age related eye degeneration. Some studies even suggest that the sunshine vitamin may improve mood.
The easiest way to absorb vitamin D is through exposure to the sun, but too much sun exposure can cause dangerous skin cancers. Try including more vitamin D-rich foods—such as dairy products and fortified cereals—in your daily diet. If you feel as if you're not getting enough vitamin D from the sun and diet alone, consider a high quality vitamin D supplement.