Seniors More Likely to Fall When Vitamin D Doses Are High
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on January 14, 2016 in Nursing Homes and Elder Rights
While previously thought to improve mobility, a new study shows that high monthly doses of Vitamin D can increase fall risk in seniors.
Various studies have indicated that increasing Vitamin D dosages in seniors could improve the function of lower extremities and work to prevent muscle weakness, ultimately helping prevent risks of falls.
However, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine states the opposite: Vitamin D dosage increases have very little effect in improving function for seniors over age 70.
Two hundred seniors over age 70 participated a study conducted by researchers from Zurich, Switzerlands University Hospital. Over a period of 12 months, high doses of Vitamin D were administered to one group of seniors, while the other group received lower doses.
The results showed that 60.5 percent of seniors in the high dose group suffered nursing home falls during the study period, compared to 47.9 percent of seniors in the low dose group suffered falls
Proper Vitamin D Dosages
As a result of the study, researchers suggests that seniors follow the Institute of Medicines recommendation that seniors over age 70 take a daily Vitamin D dosage of 800 IU.
An appropriate dosage will improve function and prevent weakness that can contribute to falls, while still being low enough to prevent raising fall risk.
Falls can have serious implications for seniors, leading to loss of mobility and independence as well as other negative health issues. If your loved one has experienced a devastating nursing home fall, our nursing home abuse lawyers will assist your family in your fight for justice, working to maximize compensation for damages.