VITAMIN D TO PREVENT FALLS
Vitamin D improves muscle strength among the elderly and helps prevent falls and fractures. The daily dose must be 800 i.u. per day or more (any less won’t do). Some prescribers are giving 50,000 i.u. once a month for convenience.
Measures to reduce falls:
- Watch out for drugs that cause drowsiness, dizziness, impaired balance
- Exercise to strengthen muscles and balance
- Remove tripping hazards at home
- Correct vision with glasses or surgery