Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Repair Fractures Among Older Adults, Rather Exercise Helps Prevent Falls

Calcium, vitamin D supplements don’t repair fractures among older adults, instead of it, exercise is the better option to enhance the coordination and balance of the body, according to the recommendation by doctors from the United States.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued the conclusion on Tuesday about the prevention from fractures and falls that has become a major focus of the medical community over the growing controversy of vitamin D supplements potentials. The supplements with little doses could help some patients, but at the same time it can increase the risk of kidney stones, certain cancers, falls and fractures if given in higher doses.

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Family medicine professor, Dr. Alex Krist from Virginia Commonwealth University, who is the vice chair of USPSTF, said in a statement that “Osteoporotic fractures [those linked to the bone-weakening condition osteoporosis] and falls are fairly common and they can have a big impact on people’s quality of life so anything to improve on that is important.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering falls among adults aging from 65 years old or more, the major cause of death and injury, as an older adult falls at every second of a day in the United States. The findings of the study have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – JAMA.

Krist added while explaining the study that, “For a 65-year-old who is having some concerns of falls but is also pretty active, a group exercise program of Tai Chi at the community rec center might work very well, whereas an older individual who might be more frail or not even be able to walk well on their own, something more like physical therapy, one on one, might be needed.”