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Falls in older women are not reduced by exercise or vitamin D, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1592 (Published 24 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1592
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

The overall rate of falls among older women is not reduced by exercise training or vitamin D supplements, a randomised trial has found. But the study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that strength and balance training cut the number of injurious falls by more than half.1

The two year Finnish study included 409 women aged 70 to 80 who lived at home. They had all fallen at least once during the previous year and were not taking vitamin D supplements before the study. The women were randomised into four groups: vitamin D …

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