Reuters - "Exercise, Vitamin D May Prevent Falls: Guidelines"
Older adults who are at high risk of falls should have physical therapy and take vitamin D supplements to reduce their chance of injury, according to new recommendations from a government-backed panel. Falling is "a common problem and it's often overlooked because doctors may not be aware of their patients' fall risk," said Dr. Albert Siu, a professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and vice co-chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which came out with the recommendations on Monday. "By asking about falls and by observing the patient in terms of walking, we might be able to assess who might be at risk and who can benefit from preventive measures," said Dr. Siu. Learn more