FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2020 (HealthDay Information) — Excessive doses of vitamin D might enhance seniors’ threat of falls, quite than cut back it, in keeping with a brand new examine.
Preliminary research prompt vitamin D might enhance muscle power and enhance steadiness, so Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether or not excessive doses of vitamin D would possibly cut back the danger of falls in folks aged 70 and older.
However the investigators discovered that giant doses of vitamin D dietary supplements had been no higher at stopping falls on this age group than a low dose.
“There isn’t any profit of upper doses however a number of indicators of potential hurt,” examine creator Dr. Lawrence Appel mentioned in a Hopkins information launch.
“Lots of people assume if somewhat bit is useful, lots might be higher. However for some nutritional vitamins, high-dose dietary supplements pose extra dangers than advantages. There’s an actual risk that greater doses of vitamin D enhance the danger and severity of falls,” mentioned Appel, a professor of drugs with joint appointments in epidemiology, worldwide well being and nursing.
Taking 1,000 or extra worldwide models per day (IU/day), equal to 25 micrograms/day of vitamin D, was no higher than 200 IU/day at stopping falls, in keeping with the examine, which was funded by the U.S. Nationwide Institute on Getting old.
The outcomes had been revealed Dec. 8 within the journal Annals of Inside Drugs.
The researchers additionally discovered that vitamin D complement doses of two,000 and 4,000 IU/day appeared to extend the danger and severity of falls in contrast with 1,000 IU/day, a comparatively widespread dose for a pure vitamin D complement.
One other discovering was that critical falls and falls that required hospitalization occurred extra usually in older individuals who took 1,000 or extra IU/day than in those that took 200 IU/day (about half the everyday dose present in multivitamins).
Older of us ought to discuss with their docs about their fall threat and vitamin D ranges with a view to decide whether or not or to not proceed taking vitamin D dietary supplements, Appel really helpful.
The Harvard Faculty of Public Well being has extra on vitamin D and well being.
SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Drugs, information launch, Dec. 8, 2020