It was general knowledge the fact that senior adults require vitamin D in order to strengthen their bones and reduce the risk of falls. But according to a study conducted at the University Hospital Zurich found that higher vitamin D intakes do not decrease the risk of elderly adult falls.
Said study encompassed over 200 senior citizens over the age of 70 which were split into three groups, according to the amount of vitamin D administration. The first group received a monthly dose of 24,000 IU of vitamin D3 while the second group had the same dosage but took calcifediol as well. The third group underwent a monthly dosage of 60.000 IU of vitamin D3,
Prior to this study, researchers believed that by increasing the monthly intake of vitamin D, benefits will rise as well. But the results of the study proved completely otherwise, with the second and third groups suffering from an increase in fall risks while the first group had the lowest fall incidence.
Because this study was conducted with monthly doses in mind, further clinical studies have to be organized in order to effectively determine the most beneficial amount of daily vitamin dosage. The addition of calcifediol was considered to be eliminated as well in patients that had prior experience with falls because of its adverse effect on vitamin D intake.
The importance of vitamin D in the elderly stems from the fact that this supplement allows for a higher degree of calcium absorption. In turn, this leads to higher bone strength, circumventing the occurrence of falls and bone fractures.
Besides its effect on bone structure, vitamin D also helps in other regards. A deficiency of it could potentially lead to an increase in cardiovascular accidents, heart diseases, the onset of diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis and the list goes on. In some extreme cases, it can even lead to hip fractures.
Vitamin D supplements’ beneficial effects on the human boy are also thoroughly discussed in medical circles. Up to this point, conclusive evidence regarding how supplements can give the recommended daily dose of vitamin D has not yet surfaced in either studies or clinical trials.
Due to the fact that higher vitamin D intakes do not decrease the risk of elderly adult falls, nutrition experts and doctors still advise patients that the best way to have the daily dose of vitamin D is through diet. The amount of vitamin D intake for the elderly, by having a balanced and healthy meal, is marked at 800 IU on a daily basis.