Sydney: It`s a good idea for older people to get some sunshine regularly. For, it helps adequate Vitamin D levels which in turn can prevent falls.A study by Neuroscience Research Australia found that low Vitamin D levels are associated with falls in the elderly, particularly men."Sunshine and Vitamin D are essential for maintaining our physical strength and cognitive abilities," says Jasmine Menant of Neuroscience, reports the journal Osteoporosis International."Our study shows the importance of ensuring that Vitamin D levels are adequate in all older people, particularly as the benefits seem to extend beyond cognition and the musculoskeletal system to our ability to prevent ourselves from falling."
In the men, Vitamin D insufficiency was associated with an increase in falls."In particular, those with lower cognitive and physical performance may benefit from spending more time outdoors or taking Vitamin D supplements," Menant says.IANS