Thursday, January 13, 2011

Vitamin D and Exercise May Help Prevent Falls in Elderly

By Christine S. Moyer, amednews staff.

Prescribing a vitamin D supplement and recommending exercise for patients 65 and older could reduce their risk of falling, according to a recent evidence review.

The review, published in the Dec. 21, 2010, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, was commissioned by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to help the agency update its recommendation for preventing falls in the elderly. Before the guidelines are published, a draft will be posted for public comment online.

The task force does not have recommendations on primary care physicians counseling patients on fall prevention. But in 1996, the task force reviewed the effectiveness of counseling to prevent household and recreational injuries, including falls, by age group.

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