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Relevance of vitamin D in fall prevention Volume 15, issue 1, Mars 2017

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Geriatric Clinic, University Hospital Zurich, Centre on aging and mobility, University of Zurich and City Hospital Waid, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
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This review will summarize recent clinical studies and meta-analyses on the effect of vitamin D supplementation on fall prevention. As fall prevention is fundamental in fracture prevention at older age, we discuss if and to what extend the vitamin D effect on muscle modulates hip fracture risk. Further, to explain the effect of vitamin D on fall prevention, we will review the mechanistic evidence linking vitamin D to muscle health and the potentially selective effect of vitamin D on type II fast muscle fibers.