October 07, 2009
Vitamin D Reduces Risk Of Falling In Old Folks

Okay, time for yet another post on the glories of vitamin D. If you are already taking vitamin D you can still use this post to feel good about your wisdom and sagacity. Maintain your strength and balance in your old age so you don't fall down and go boom.

A daily supplement of vitamin D at a dose of 700-1000 IU reduces the risk of falling among older people by 19% according to a study published on bmj.com today. But a dose of less than 700 IU per day has no effect.

Sounds like D3 works better than D2. I happen to take D3. So I got that going for me. Which is nice. (who am I quoting?)

Supplemental vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 were investigated. 700-1000 IU supplemental vitamin D per day (vitamin D2 or vitamin D3) reduced falls by 19% and up to 26% with vitamin D3.

This effect was independent of age, type of dwelling or additional calcium supplementation. The effect was significant within two to five months of starting treatment and extended beyond 12 months.

Supplemental vitamin D did not reduce falls at a dose of less than 700 IU per day.

Now if you are 20 years old the odds are that by the time you turn 60 you'll be able to get stem cell treatments that'll restore your skin's youthful ability to synthesize vitamin D. Plus, stem cell therapies to restore muscle strength along with stem cell therapies to repair joints and connective tissue will have you out playing beach volleyball. So you'll synthesize lots of vitamin D in your skin in your old age.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 October 07 10:29 PM  Aging Diet Studies


Comments
rorkesdrift said at October 9, 2009 9:52 AM:

A Caddyshack reference in a post about vitamin D3, a big hitter that vitamin D3.

Lono said at October 9, 2009 3:21 PM:

D3 FTW Baby!

Don't forget to offset the calicfication of your arteries with regular inexpensive K2 supplements...

Randall Parker said at October 10, 2009 10:10 AM:

rorkesdrift,

Vitamin D is bigger than the Dalai Lama.

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