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High Vitamin D dosage prevents resident falls.

Nursing home residents who take a high dose of Vitamin D were less likely to fall and had a lower rate of repeat falls than those taking a placebo or lower Vitamin D doses, reported the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study, A Higher Dose of Vitamin D Reduces the Risk of Falls in Nursing Home Residents, was conducted over five months and found that subjects taking 800 International Units (IU) of Vitamin D had a 72% decrease in falls compared with those taking a placebo. However, fall rates for those taking Vitamin D doses ranging from 200 IUs to 600 IUs were no different from the rates for residents taking placebos. Past studies have shown that Vitamin D supplements can help prevent falls in seniors, but until now, the effective dosage was unknown, according to the journal.
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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY UPDATE
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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