Retirees who receive sufficient vitamin D can lower their risk for falls and fractures, says a recent consensus statement from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The statement aims to encourage primary healthcare providers to ensure that we receive enough vitamin D as we age. In addition to dietary sources, sunlight and supplements can also contribute to vitamin D levels.
Adequate vitamin D levels can help with calcium absorption (which is vital for bone health), physical function, and healthy bone density. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to falls and fractures, muscle weakness, and loss of bone strength.
The recommendation comes from the American Geriatrics Society’s Consensus Statement on Vitamin D Supplementation for Older Adults Work Group.1 The statement is based on evidence from recent studies as well as input from several medical organizations.