Wednesday, February 15, 2012

D is for balance

An interesting review on the impact of Vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength, gait and balance in older adults

Effect of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength, gait and balance in older adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Supplemental vitamin D with daily doses of 800 to 1,000 IU consistently demonstrated beneficial effects on strength and balance. An effect on gait was not demonstrated, although further evaluation is recommended.

So one to give the old people....


js290 said...

Or, they can just go get midday Sun exposure.

Chris said...

Not where I live. There is little enough sun and even then it is not strong.

Steven Low said...

Probably should make sure to check renal function first, as those with hypertension can often have some sort of chronic kidney disease. Since D3 supplementation does involve the kidneys, should make sure kidney function is working well. But yeah.

Also depends on what kind of dose they're getting.

Nigel Kinbrum said...

Old people feel the cold more than we youngsters, so they usually cover their bodies with clothes before they go outside. Supplements are dirt cheap. I've just ordered two pots of 365 5,000iu Vit D3 gelcaps for <£15 + ~£4 p&p.

I e-mailed the following BBC News report to the manager of mum's nursing home:- BBC News - Campaigners voice vitamin D fears