Should Vitamin D Supplements Be Taken to Prevent Falls in the Elderly?

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
08 Nov 2020

4,000 IU of vitamin D a day are recommended for elders at high risk for falling to improve muscle strength and balance, though there is something that works even better.

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Other studies in which vitamin D supplements have been put to the test in randomized, placebo controlled studies (effectively proving (or disproving!) their efficacy) are featured in videos such as Will You Live Longer if You Take Vitamin D Supplements? ( and Do Vitamin D Supplements Help with Diabetes, Weight Loss, and Blood Pressure (

That brings up a bunch of important questions, answered here:

• How Much Vitamin D Should You Take? (
• The Optimal Dose of Vitamin D Based on Natural Levels (
• The Best Way to Get Vitamin D: Sun, Supplements, or Salons? (
• The Risks and Benefits of Sensible Sun Exposure (

Unfortunately, most supplements are useless or worse. Here are a few of my more recent supplement videos:

• Are Calcium Supplements Safe? (
• Are Calcium Supplements Effective? (
• Industry Response to Plants Not Pills (
• What is the Optimal Vitamin C intake? (
• Black Raspberry Supplements Put to the Test (
• How to Develop a Healthy Gut Ecosystem (

More on the benefits of exercise can be found in videos like Longer Life Within Walking Distance (

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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