New Recommendations on Vitamin D for Older Adults

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released a new position statement on Vitamin D for older adults which makes important recommendations for vitamin D nutrition from an evidence-based perspective.

Key recommendations:

  • The estimated average vitamin D requirement of older adults to reach a serum 25OHD level of 75 nmol/l (30ng/ml) is 20 to 25 µg/day (800 to 1000 IU/day).
  • Intakes may need to increase to as much as 50 µg(2000IU) per day in individuals who are obese, have osteoporosis, limited sun exposure (e.g. housebound or institutionalised), or have malabsorption.
  • For high risk individuals it is recommended to measure serum 25OHD levels and treat if deficient.

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Overuse of Heartburn Drugs is Risky

Although they are sometimes used to make spicy meals go down easier, common heartburn drugs can cause serious side effects and should be used with caution, a series of studies released on Monday suggests.

Well-known brands of the drugs – called proton pump inhibitors or PPIs – include AstraZeneca’s Nexium and Prilosec. Formerly AstraZeneca’s biggest seller, Prilosec is available generically as omeprazole and is also sold over the counter by Procter & Gamble Co.

While the drugs are a great help to the right patients, they can raise the risk of fractures in post-menopausal women and cause bacterial infections in many patients, according to a special report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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