vitamin D prevents broken bones from falls in menopausal women

The elderly are at higher risk of falling and breaking a bone. But taking a simple vitamin can reduce the risk.

Several studies have suggested that vitamin D can both prevent falls in the elderly and prevent broken bones from those falls.

Research presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research tested this protective role of vitamin D specifically in menopausal women, which is important because menopausal women are at high risk for bone loss.

The study included 1,620 women, and their average age was 48.5. The women were followed for 9.5 years. 74.5% of the women were pre or early perimenopausal, 7.2% were late perimenopausal and 4.8% were postmenopausal.

The results showed that each 10 g/ml increase in vitamin D was associated with a 25% lower risk of non-traumatic fracture. A non-traumatic fracture is a break that results from falling from a standing height or less. Women whose vitamin D was 20 ng/ml or greater had a 42% lower risk of non-traumatic fracture.

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2014 Annual Meeting

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