Letters Preventing falls in older people in the community

Vitamin D supplements do not prevent falls

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3005 (Published 01 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3005
  1. Mark J Bolland, associate professor of medicine1,
  2. Andrew Grey, associate professor of medicine1,
  3. Ian R Reid, professor of medicine1
  1. 1Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
  1. m.bolland{at}auckland.ac.nz

In their state of the art review on falls, Vieira and colleagues conclude that the strategy of supplementing calcium and vitamin D reduces the risk of falls,1 but their conclusion is based on contradictory evidence. They cite two meta-analyses from 2009 and 2010 of seven and nine trials, respectively, which reported that …

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