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Vitamin D3 supplements may boost care home fracture survival rates

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Giving vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) to care home residents may slightly boost survival rates by reducing risk of falls and fractures, according to a Cochrane review.

Danish researchers assessed 50 trials involving 94,148 older people, of which 79% were women. They said: “Vitamin D3 reduces mortality by about 6%.

You need to give about 200 people vitamin D3 for around two years to save one additional life.” Other forms of the vitamin – D2, alfacalcidol or calcitriol – had no benefit.

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  • That is great but as these are extremely expensive as they are not licensed, non proprietary, and only available on 'special order manufacturers' it makes me wonder who did the study.

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  • Anon above
    I am surprised at this as in a European University Hosptial where I used to work we regularly gave proprietary drops called ViDé 3 to patients together with calcium effervescent tabs.
    They are made by Zyma. I am not sure whether they are a French or Swiss pharma. co.I have been unable to find much information about this on the internet/google (in a rush) except that they are administered to young babies which is a cause for concern as they contain alcohol. I have only come across one branch of Zyma so far, in Australia, but presume it is international.

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