What are the benefits of vitamin D supplementation in the elderly?

Updated: Dec 15, 2020
  • Author: Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Vitamin D supplementation has been associated with a reduction in falls and improved muscle strength in the elderly. A meta-analysis demonstrated that vitamin D supplementation resulted in a reduction in falls of about 22% in ambulatory and institutionalized elderly subjects, as compared with controls. [43, 44] Another meta-analysis examining muscle strength associated with vitamin D supplementation found significant improvement in reduced postural sway, timed up-and-go test results, and lower extremity strength in a pooled analysis of 13 studies. [45]


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