Researchers at the John Hopkins School of Medicine are seeking participants for a study to determine if Vitamin D deficiencies could be a major contributor for falls among people 65 and older.
John Hopkins already has published a pilot study that shows Vitamin D supplements could assist people with multiple sclerosis by regulating the body’s hyperactive immune response.
According to some estimates, as many as 40 percent of Americans could have a Vitamin D deficiency, which John Hopkins linked to an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
Now, the researchers are exploring the link between Vitamin D and falls, which contribute to more than 2.5 million older adults being treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
As a result, Johns Hopkins is seeking participants for “Study to Understand Fall Reduction and Vitamin D in You” (STURDY) will be conducted at the Johns Hopkins ProHealth Clinical Research Unit in Baltimore, Md. and George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention in Hagerstown, Md.
Dr. Erin D. Michos, one of the investigators for the study, noted that Vitamin D is important for bone health and also could be essential for muscle health. According to some previous reports, health officials questioned whether Vitamin D supplementation would be beneficial. The study could help bring light to the premise.
The study, which will be conducted for a two-year period, is funded by the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Aging funded this study. “‘Should all older adults be taken vitamin D?’,” Minos asked. “We don’t really know that for sure. For any kind of study, we can’t guarantee that this will help the people in the study. But we hope that information will provide guidance for future patients.”