Does your aging relative take vitamin D and calcium supplements to strengthen bones and prevent fractures? If so, new research suggests they may be wasting their time and money.
Vitamin D and Calcium May Not Prevent Fractures
Researchers at Tianjin Hospital in China reviewed literature related to vitamin D and calcium supplements and fractures. They determined that the evidence did not support these supplements actually preventing fractures. Dr. Jia-Guo Zhao, the lead researcher, and an orthopedic surgeon stated that it may be time for seniors to stop taking the supplements.
However, not all experts agree. Some doctors believe that it is too soon to make such a drastic leap based on one review. They suggest that even a slight chance of helping at-risk seniors to avoid breaking a bone make taking supplements worth it.
The use of calcium and vitamin D for bone health has been around for a long time. The body cannot make its own calcium, and having too little calcium can lead to osteoporosis if older adults don’t get enough of the mineral in their diet. The vitamin D is necessary to help the body absorb calcium.
For now, it’s probably best to continue following the advice of your aging relative’s doctor regarding their supplement use. If you’re concerned about their risk for fractures, there are additional steps you can take.
Ways to Prevent Fractures
There are many changes older adults can make to the way they live that can help them avoid falling and being injured.
Some changes suggested by the National Institutes of Health include:
-Installing grab bars in the bathroom.
-Using assistive devices, such as canes and walkers.
-Avoid walking on slippery sidewalks. Walk on the grass instead.
-Remove clutter from rooms to prevent tripping.
-Wear shoes with non-skid soles.
-Keep the house well lit, especially stairways.
-Engage in exercises that improve balance.
Another way to help older adults to avoid bone fractures and injuries is to hire a senior care provider to assist them at home. A senior care provider can help them keep the home tidy and free of clutter. They can also help older adults to walk more safely on hazardous surfaces. Senior care providers can even change lightbulbs to make sure the house and stairways stay brightly lit so your aging relative can see. Senior care providers can even take older adults shopping for good, non-slip shoes.
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