Primary care prevention of falls and fractures in the elderly by annual vitamin D supplementation
Grant number: 251682
While Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer, many of us are not receiving enough sun exposure to adequately maintain necessary blood levels of vitamin D. For years it was assumed that vitamin D deficiency was rarely seen in Australia where sunlight abounds for most of the year. Although few foods are high in vitamin D, it was thought that only certain cultural groups where women are always veiled in public, very dark-skinned people and the housebound elderly, were at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Lower vitamin D levels following wintertime have now been reported in many populations including those living near the Mediterranean and in Geelong, Victoria. Vitamin D insufficiency..View full description
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Diversity in fall characteristics hampers effective prevention: the precipitants, the environment, the fall and the injury
KM Sanders, K Lim, AL Stuart, A Macleod, D Scott, GC Nicholson, L Busija
Falls among the elderly are common and characteristics may differ between injurious and non-injurious falls. Among 887 older Austr..
Changes in gait performance over several years are associated with recurrent falls status in community-dwelling older women at high risk of fracture
David Scott, Patrick McLaughlin, Geoff C Nicholson, Peter R Ebeling, Amanda L Stuart, Deborah Kay, Kerrie M Sanders
BACKGROUND: Gait analysis is a recommended geriatric assessment for falls risk and sarcopenia; however, previous research utilises..
Undercarboxylated osteocalcin, muscle strength and indices of bone health in older women
Itamar Levinger, David Scott, Geoffrey C Nicholson, Amanda L Stuart, Gustavo Duque, Thomas McCorquodale, Markus Herrmann, Peter R Ebeling, Kerrie M Sanders
We investigated the association between undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) and lower-limb muscle strength in women over the age ..
Investigating the predictive ability of gait speed and quadriceps strength for incident falls in community-dwelling older women at high risk of fracture
David Scott, Amanda L Stuart, Deborah Kay, Peter R Ebeling, Geoff Nicholson, Kerrie M Sanders
Gait speed is a recommended geriatric assessment of physical performance, but may not be regularly examined in clinical settings. ..
Annual Feedback Is an Effective Tool for a Sustained Increase in Calcium Intake among Older Women
Kerrie M Sanders, Amanda L Stuart, Mark A Kotowicz, Geoffrey C Nicholson
We aimed to optimize calcium intake among the 2,000+ older women taking part in the Vital D study. Calcium supplementation was not..
Annual High-Dose Oral Vitamin D and Falls and Fractures in Older Women A Randomized Controlled Trial
Kerrie M Sanders, Amanda L Stuart, Elizabeth J Williamson, Julie A Simpson, Mark A Kotowicz, Doris Young, Geoffrey C Nicholson
CONTEXT: Improving vitamin D status may be an important modifiable risk factor to reduce falls and fractures; however, adherence t..
Trials and tribulations of recruiting 2,000 older women onto a clinical trial investigating falls and fractures: Vital D study
Kerrie M Sanders, Amanda L Stuart, Elizabeth N Merriman, Meaghan L Read, Mark A Kotowicz, Doris Young, Roderick Taylor, Ian Blair-Holt, Alistair G Mander, Geoffrey C Nicholson
BACKGROUND: Randomised, placebo-controlled trials are needed to provide evidence demonstrating safe, effective interventions that ..