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5 Essential Nutrients to Prevent Falls in the Elderly

From the Show: Mindful Medicine
Summary: One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall. Fortunately, this can be prevented by using ingredients like silica.
Air Date: 10/9/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN
5 Essential Nutrients to Prevent Falls in the Elderly
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year one in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall. Less than half of these individuals talk to their healthcare providers about it.

Injuries from falls have the potential to permanently alter your quality of life, making it hard to get around or live independently. The resultant injuries even increase the risk of early death.

Is there anything you can do to prevent falls from happening to you or your loved ones? What steps can you take to lessen the likelihood that a fall will occur? Are there certain "ingredients" you should be implementing in your daily regimen?

For one, you should pay attention to the side effects of any medications you are taking. Blood pressure medications may make you dizzy or light-headed upon standing, which increases the chance of a fall.

A physical examination is key, to determine things like bone density, bone strength, mobility and flexibility.

Physical exercise can be an important preventative measure, to increase muscle strength, bone strength and flexibility.

Nutrition is another key element. Bone-strengthening formulas, such as magnesium and calcium are old favorites; but silica can be phenomenal at stabilizing symptoms of osteoporosis. It can help strengthen bone collagen and connective tissue. Strontium is another essential mineral which can help improve bone health and density.

Curcumin and boswellia can calm joint stiffness, which helps with mobility and flexibility.

Join Dr. Holly to learn more about all the important things you should know if you're within the range of risk for falls.