Last week NEJM published a study that looked at actual total Vitamin D intake by individuals (65 and older) in the study. No previous study had divided individuals by their total Vitamin D intake (their assigned supplement + what they were already taking) and also asked how often they actually took their meds.
Those taking total 800 IU Vit D or more daily showed a 30% decrease in hip fractures. This is highly significant. This is also the first time persons taking 800 IU daily were studied. When all individuals assigned to (400 IU) Vit D were combined (including those rarely taking their assigned dose) the 10% decrease in hip fractures was not statistically significant.
Waterloo & Cedar Falls, IA move on to Blue Zones Focus Groups next week. This is the chance for local input as we move toward identifying which specific projects we will choose to initiate.
Topics are: School and Community Policy; Employer, Grocery, and Restaurants; Volunteering, Engagement, and Purpose. Pick your favorite. Meetings are 4:30-6:30 pm at Wloo West and CF High respectively. For specific date and location of each topic go to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
I will attend Employers, Grocery, Restaurants. Nutrition is a key aspect of good bone health. Making foods high in calcium easier to identify will be an obvious step forward for bone health.