Exercise lowers risk for harmful falls among women.
EXERCISE LOWERS RISK FOR HARMFUL FALLS AMONG WOMEN. Neither vitamin D nor exercise has been found to prevent falls in older women, but exercise, particularly balance and strength training, can mitigate risk of more injurious falls, according to a recent study of 409 women, mean age of 74. They were randomized to one of four groups: vitamin D plus exercise, placebo plus exercise, vitamin D without exercise, and placebo without exercise. At 24 months, researchers found no difference in overall falls among the groups, but the rate of harmful falls was significantly lower in both exercise groups.(JAMA Internal Medicine. May 2015)