Vitamin D3 supplementation improves balance, muscle strength and can prevent falls. My experience coupled with the evidence-based research below clearly proves this. I suffer from radiation-induced lumbo-sacral plexopathy (RILP). My leg strength and balance are needed to keep me out of a wheelchair.
My father and I are like the two studies linked and excerpted below- I am independent (first study) and dad is housebound (second study). As a long-term cancer survivor suffering from chemo and radiation-induced nerve damage I need all the muscle strength and balance I can get. Dad is 88 and suffers from the usual old age health challenges.
I supplement with Life Extension Foundation Vitamin D3 (1000mg x 3 daily) and my dad doesn’t. I’m not the athlete that I once was but I can still workout every morning (moderately) and I’ve managed to stay out of a wheelchair for 20 years now-post aggressive chemotherapy and radiation.
My 88 year old dad fell last Saturday night and while he is okay, he is in rehab for the next few weeks trying to regain some leg strength and balance.
My point is that supplementing with Vitamin D3 is important and not part of what conventional doctors think about when counseling older patients.
If you have concerns about leg strength, balance, falls, etc. for you or someone you love, click any of the highlighted links and order Life Extension Vitamin D3 now.
(Ed.note- 7/24/18-dad passed away about 18 months ago. Mom fell and broke her hip in May of 2017 and must use a walker or wheelchair).
Thanks and hang in there,
“OBJECTIVES: To systematically review and quantitatively synthesize the effect of vitamin D supplementation on muscle strength, gait, and balance in older adults…
DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis…
SETTING: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, bibliographies of selected articles, and previous systematic reviews were searched between January 1980 and November 2010 for eligible articles…
RESULTS: All studies with daily doses of 800 IU or more demonstrated beneficial effects on balance and muscle strength…
CONCLUSION: Supplemental vitamin D with daily doses of 800 to 1,000 IU consistently demonstrated beneficial effects on strength and balance. An effect on gait was not demonstrated, although further evaluation is recommended.”
“Conclusion: A vitamin D intervention delivered through MOW was feasible, resulting in improvements in 25(OH)D concentrations and a lower rate of falls in adjusted analyses. Further research is needed to validate the reduction in falls from this type of intervention.”
“Although daily administration routes are more effective in improving muscle strength, a single administration is more effective in increasing vitamin D levels…”