Friday, January 15, 2016
Could vitamin D supplements cause more falling?
BUT--in a study at the University of California San Francisco---it seems that raising vitamin D rates to 30 ng/ml--the new gold standard--can cause rather than prevent falls.
While--the researchers emphasized--vit D and calcium supps have been proven to prevent falls and fractures in patients who are homebound or in long-term care facilities, for other people there is no consistent evidence that these supplements help reduce falls or fractures.
Vitamin D supplementation has been claimed to have many benefits, such a prevention of cancer and heart disease, but this is not supported by clinical trials.
Now, the docs think maybe the old standard for a blood level of vitamin D--20 not 20 ng/ml--might carry less risk.
But, of course, until we have the science, they tell us people 70 and older should get 800 IU vitamin D a day--from the sun and from milk, fortified yogurt, and salmon and tuna.
So...as always...back to you.