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Vitamin D and the musculoskeletal health of older adults

Winzenberg, Tania, van der Mei, Ingrid, Mason, Rebecca S., Nowson, Caryl and Jones, Graeme 2012, Vitamin D and the musculoskeletal health of older adults, Australian family physician, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 92-99.

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Title Vitamin D and the musculoskeletal health of older adults
Author(s) Winzenberg, Tania
van der Mei, Ingrid
Mason, Rebecca S.
Nowson, Caryl
Jones, Graeme
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 92
End page 99
Total pages 8
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 0300-8495
Keyword(s) vitamin D
bone
fractures
aged
Summary The scientific literature related to vitamin D and bone health in older adults is extensive.

This article aims to summarise key practice points regarding vitamin D and bone health in older adults, relevant to general practitioners, and to provide an overview of the background literature to enable GPs to appreciate the extent of the supporting evidence.

Vitamin D supplementation can prevent falls, particularly in the vitamin D deficient elderly. However, adequate vitamin D levels and dietary calcium intake are needed for effective primary fracture prevention with greatest benefits occurring in the elderly with vitamin D deficiency and/or low dietary calcium intakes. For secondary fracture prevention, ie. preventing further fractures in the elderly who have already sustained a fragility fracture, specific anti-osteoporosis treatment is necessary. However, to maximise the benefits of these medications, vitamin D deficiency should be corrected and adequate dietary calcium consumed.
Notes Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission.
Language eng
Field of Research 111101 Clinical and Sports Nutrition
Socio Economic Objective 920411 Nutrition
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
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