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Vitamin D may not prevent falls


No credible evidence to support the theory that vitamin D supplements could prevent falls, according to a meta-analysis study published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.


The study was conducted by Dr. Mark Bolland and his associates at University of Auckland, New Zealand. The study analyzed 20 randomized controlled clinical trial studies. The studies involved over 29, 535 people and the participants received either vitamin D supplements or a placebo. The benefits of vitamin D supplements against falls were assessed.


No significant protection against falls was reported in about 15% of vitamin D supplement treated individuals. The results have questioned the treatment benefits of vitamin D against falls prophylaxis, particularly in the elderly individuals.


Most of the study results were mixed, and often unclear. However, the present study has demonstrated the clear results of vitamin D treatment against falls.

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