Elderly Who are in Pain Fall More

By on December 4, 2009
elderly who are in pain fall more

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported the results of a study that says that the Elderly With Chronic Pain Fall More. This is NOT news at all, and while they claim, “Despite a growing body of scientific evidence supporting associations between a number of risk factors and falls, efforts to translate these findings into effective fall prevention strategies have been limited.”

Are they just not reading the literature? There is a large body of evidence from peer-reviewed double blind placebo controlled trials that Vitamin D Helps to Relieve Pain in those who are Vitamin D Deficient- which is most of the elderly, and also that Vitamin D Prevents Falls.

While that sounds CRAZY that these older people who have pain and are falling could be helped by the administration of Vitamin D, it is absolutely true and doctors are simply ignoring the evidence. In fact, This Study Reported in JAMA was an analysis of 5 studies on the subject of Vitamin D and Falls in the elderly. They ONLY included high quality studies that met peer reviewed criteria. And their conclusion was ” Vitamin D supplementation appears to reduce the risk of falls among ambulatory or institutionalized older individuals with stable health by more than 20%.”.

 

 

So, there is already an effective way to reduce fall risk in the elderly by 20% AND the same intervention could reduce pain in many of them, but no one really cares. They would rather continue to spend money on studies, give narcotic pain relievers and try to get throw rugs out of their houses than to actually get down to the REASON why these elderly people are in pain and are falling.

ONE simple intervention could fix both of these problems at once, simply giving routine Vitamin D Supplements and keeping Vitamin D Levels withing the optimal range. Are you listening out there? The elderly are Vitamin D Deficient and are in pain and falling because of it.

About Kerri Knox, RN

The author is a Registered Nurse and Functional Medicine Practitioner. With 20 years of experience in health care, she has the unique perspective of being solidly grounded in both Conventional Medicine and Alternative Medicine. She can help you to to find and repair the underlying causes of chronic illness, while empowering you to take charge of your own health. She is the owner and author of this blog and website.
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eagleddm@gmail.com' Deb says:

I began the D3 last year after studing your site. The Dr had me on the D, 50,000iu for a time until I read your site. I now take D3 5000iu 6 times per week for the last year. My levels went from 26 to 64 my last blood test a couple months ago. I had such severe pain from RA, Fibromyalgia and neuropathy in both feet. I had the RA since the mid 80's. Had I known about the D3 before last year I think I would have had to endure less pain and disability over the years.____I am having the less pain now than I have had in years. I do take lots of other supps for my heart as well.____My sleeping is the best now it has been all my life. I think I was so nutritionally deficient in so many nurtients.____I'm so glad I found your site and I follow directions you gave. It has helped me greatly.____Thank you so much…____Deb

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