Vitamin D and Exercise May Reduce Risk of Falling for Mature Adults
As we age, the risk of falling increases — and so does the amount of damage that occurs as a result of falling. A recent study suggests that low-frequency exercise in combination with a high-dose vitamin D supplement may help reduce the risk of falls in mature adults by more than 70%.
Participants in the study included 91 people who were residents of an assisted-living program for frail elderly who were assigned to one of four groups:
1. a control group that did three sessions per week of individualized exercise;
2. a low-exercise group that did two session per week of individualized exercise;
3. a supplement group that took 900 IU of vitamin D per day;
4. a combination low-exercise and vitamin D group.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 52.8% decrease in falls in the low-exercise group, a 42.5% decrease in the supplement group, and a 72.4% decrease in the combined group, when compared with the control group.
Researchers from Osaka Prefecture University in Japan conducted the study. It was published in the December 2016 issue of the International Journal of Gerontology.
Previous studies have associated vitamin D with reducing the risk of skin damage, reducing the risk of osteoporosis, combating diabetes, and improving age related macular degeneration.
Vitamin D can be found in milk, fortified cereals, fish, and eggs. Your body also processes vitamin D from the sun but it becomes harder for our bodies to process it as we age. A high quality vitamin D supplement is always a good option if you feel that you’re not getting enough through diet and sun.