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Overview Fractures and Falls and Vitamin D

It appears that at least 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 500 mg of Calcium are needed to substantially reduce falling

It appears that as little as 800 IU of vitamin D without any Calcium will reduce falling

See falling at VitaminDWiki

Papers which are meta-analysis of Falls/Fractures and Vitamin D in VitaminDWiki are

20 Most-visited pages in Fractures & Falls category in VitaminDWiki

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3460 Vertigo treated by Vitamin D - many studies 164202
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4274 Overview Muscles and Vitamin D 149826
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3406 Falls and Fractures 139358
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ricks99 Falls and Fractures
974 Fewer bone and stress fractures with vitamin D - many studies 85358
25 Dec, 2022 21:13
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Falls and Fractures
14251 Low-energy fractures in children with low vitamin D - many studies 81822
09 Feb, 2023 18:18
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1344 Overview Fractures and vitamin D 66868
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1260 Overview Fractures and Falls and Vitamin D 39302
29 Jan, 2021 14:24
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6703 Calcium supplements proven to NOT reduce fractures, but are proven to INCREASE heart problems – July 2015 15444
24 Jul, 2015 16:51
admin Osteoporosis
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Falls and Fractures
4647 Yet again, 800 IU of vitamin D was found to be barely enough to help bones – Lancet Oct 2013 13976
12 Nov, 2015 04:18
admin Osteoporosis
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1525 Low Vitamin D and Vitamin K: brittle bones and hardened arteries – LEF Sept 2010 13276
14 Oct, 2021 11:57
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Falls and Fractures
3663 Guideline following hip fracture – 50000 IU vitamin D daily for 7 days – Jan 2013 12739
23 Dec, 2022 12:15
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Falls and Fractures
6811 2X fewer Senior falls in group getting 100,000 IU vitamin D monthly via Meals-on-Wheels – RCT Aug 2015 12506
20 Jul, 2017 15:12
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Falls and Fractures
Fortification with Vitamin D
Intervention - non daily
5142 Parkinson's patients having more vitamin D had better balance control – July 2013 12495
08 Mar, 2014 18:59
admin Parkinson
Falls and Fractures
9750 Osteomalacia (soft bones - ricket in children) – Vitamin D occurs 87 times in PDF, but not once in the abstract – Mar... 12277
18 Jan, 2019 13:29
admin Rickets
Falls and Fractures
5521 UK would save as least 636 million dollars annually by giving 800 IU vitamin D free to all seniors – June 2014 11307
29 Sep, 2015 21:16
admin Cost savings with Vitamin D
Top news
Falls and Fractures
4389 Following a stroke, a hip fracture is 6X more likely if low vitamin D – July 2001 10052
04 Mar, 2017 14:58
admin Top news
Falls and Fractures
4514 Sarcopenia and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (vitamin D not mentioned) – Sept 2013 9938
07 Mar, 2015 16:04
admin Seniors
Falls and Fractures
278 More muscle response when have adequate vitamin D 9891
16 Jun, 2024 16:38
admin Sports and Vitamin D
Falls and Fractures
4975 Seniors with adequate vitamin D could rebalance themselves 80% faster, and thus not fall as often – 2013 9827
08 Mar, 2014 18:58
admin Falls and Fractures
7583 Falls cut in half by 100,000 IU vitamin D monthly - RCT 2016 9639
02 Aug, 2021 18:41
admin Intervention
Falls and Fractures
Intervention - non daily

See fractures at VitaminDWiki

Following paper range of vitamin D considered was from 66 IU to 1000 IU, with Median of 800 IU

Only 6 of their studies added Calcium to the vitamin D

Primary Care–Relevant Interventions to Prevent Falling in Older Adults:

A Systematic Evidence Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - Dec 2010

1. Yvonne L. Michael, ScD, SM; 2. Evelyn P. Whitlock, MD, MPH; 3. Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR; 4. Rongwei Fu, PhD;
5. Elizabeth A. O'Connor, PhD; and 6. Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH
1. From Drexel University School of Public Health, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon.

Background: Falls among older adults are both prevalent and preventable.

Purpose: To describe the benefits and harms of interventions that could be used by primary care practitioners to prevent falling among community-dwelling older adults.

Data Sources: The reviewers evaluated trials from a good-quality systematic review published in 2003 and searched MEDLINE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and CINAHL from the end of that review's search date to February 2010 to identify additional English-language trials.

Study Selection: Two reviewers independently screened 3423 abstracts and 638 articles to identify randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) of primary care–relevant interventions among community-dwelling older adults that reported falls or fallers as an outcome. Trials were independently critically appraised to include only good- or fair-quality trials; discrepancies were resolved by a third reviewer.

Data Extraction: One reviewer abstracted data from 61 articles into standardized evidence tables that were verified by a second reviewer.

Data Synthesis: Overall, the included evidence was of fair quality.
In 16 RCTs evaluating exercise or physical therapy, interventions reduced falling (risk ratio, 0.87 [95% CI, 0.81 to 0.94]).
In 9 RCTs of vitamin D supplementation, interventions reduced falling (risk ratio, 0.83 [CI, 0.77 to 0.89]).
In 19 trials involving multifactorial assessment and management, interventions with comprehensive management seemed to reduce falling, although overall pooled estimates were not statistically significant (risk ratio, 0.94 [CI, 0.87 to 1.02]). Limited evidence suggested that serious clinical harms were no more common for older adults in intervention groups than for those in control groups.

Limitations: Interventions and methods of fall ascertainment were heterogeneous. Data on potential harms of interventions were scant and often not reported.

Conclusion: Primary care–relevant interventions exist that can reduce falling among community-dwelling older adults.

Primary Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


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Average of all levels of Vitamin D decreased falls by 17%

Imagine how much decrease there would have been with 4,000 IU, as reported in other papers above

8% of hospitalisations for falls and hip fractures in Australia were attributable to vitamin D deficiency (<20 ng)

Hospitalisations for falls and hip fractures attributable to vitamin D deficiency in older Australians - Jan 2021
doi: 10.1017/S0007114521000416

It has been known since year 2000 that nerve conduction velocity speeds up with increased vitamin D - see following graph

Chart from ency editor Feldman 2005. Shows that those with slow muscle twitch are able to speed up response by taking vitamin D supplements.  PROOF

Juvent Micro-Impact Platform - $3,500 - Nov 2017

  • Computer and software find the resonant frequency of the user in a safe range of frequencies (32Hz-37Hz) and therefore is able to use a very small level of energy (.3g) to deliver a physiologically effective energy pulse.
  • "Simply standing on the Juvent Platform for 10 to 20 minutes a day. You’ll feel a subtle, pleasant stimulation. Starting at your feet and legs, it extends upward through your torso, arms, and upper body. Using our platform just three days a week has been shown to help improve blood flow, ease joint, knee and back pain, and increase stability."

 JAMA 2016 report of trial: 11% increase in Bone density



Vitamin D supplementation and falls: a trial sequential meta-analysis July 2014

did NOT find that vitamin D affected rate of falls.
All of the detail is behind a $28 paywall, so it is impossible to understand the conclusion.
Suspect that a majority of the trials considered used

  1. Small doses of vitamin D
  2. Small time intervals.
  3. No or little Calcium

1 gram more of Calcium increases Hip Fracture risk by 30%

CCBYNC Open access BMJ 2011
-   full text free online. the phrase 'vitamin D" occurs 25 times

Vitamin D: a review on its effects on muscle strength, the risk of fall, and frailty - 2015

 Download the PDF from VitaminDWiki

Vitamin D Supplementation for the Prevention of Falls and Fractures in Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Review of the Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, or Guidelines - 2016

Meta-analysis from Canada with mixed results
Many of the studies used just 800 IU of vitamin D, so not much can be expected
 Download the PDF from VitaminDWiki

Great 5 minute video about Vitamin D for seniors - reduce falls, etc - March 2017


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