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ea0019p25 | Clinical practice/governance and case reports | SFEBES2009

Prevalence and identification of vitamin D deficiency in a falls population

Gunn Harriet M , Bovill Inaki , Wren Alison M

Background: Falls in the elderly are a major public health burden as more than one in three people over 65 years falls per annum. Vitamin D deficiency is common in the elderly due to decreased sunlight exposure, dietary vitamin D intake and efficiency of cutaneous vitamin D production. Vitamin D deficiency causes myopathy, impaired psychomotor function and increased sway thus increasing the risk of falls, whilst supplementation decreases falls. We hypothesized that vitamin D d...