Here’s a new guideline to reduce the risk of fracture in older adults living in long-term care facilities. This population is more than twice as likely as their peers living at home to suffer a fracture because they tend to be more frail and have more health problems.
The recommendation comes from researchers at McMaster University and is endorsed by the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada. It says people over 70 should take 1,200 milligrams of calcium, or three servings of diary daily. The researchers say these calcium levels reduce hip fracture risk and slightly reduce the risk of other fractures. However, they may also cause gastrointestinal side effects.
According to the paper in The Canadian Medical Association Journal, high-risk residents, like those with prior fractures, should also take daily vitamin D3 supplements, those who are mobile should wear hip-protectors, which can protect against fracture in the event of a fall.