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Vitamin D and the musculoskeletal health of older adults


Winzenberg, T and van der Mei, I and Mason, RS and Nowson, C and Jones, G, Vitamin D and the musculoskeletal health of older adults, Australian Family Physician, 41, (3) pp. 92-99. ISSN 0300-8495 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Background: The scientific literature related to vitamin D and bone health in older adults is extensive.

Objective: 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.

Discussion: 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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:vitamin D, bone, musculoskeletal, older adults
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, T (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
UTAS Author:van der Mei, I (Professor Ingrid van der Mei)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
ID Code:78840
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2012-07-30
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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