Letters Preventing falls in older people in the community
Vitamin D supplements do not prevent fallsBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3005 (Published 01 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3005
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- Mark J Bolland, associate professor of medicine1,
- Andrew Grey, associate professor of medicine1,
- Ian R Reid, professor of medicine1
- 1Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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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