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2016 Walk with a Wheaton Doc Health Tips

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January 2016 Tips from Mushir Hassan, MD

The New 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Dr. Hassan’s Bottom Line: These two links provide excellent guidance on what to eat and what to avoid. Some key points include:

  • Less sugar, fat and sodium
  • More deep colored veggies, and the deeper the color the more the nutritive value
  • Watch beverage choices and have soda as a rarity
  • Watch the high fructose corn syrup in your diet

Also see adult physical activity suggestions, which includes a goal of 150-300 minutes of exercise per week, and how to reduce trans fats.

High Doses of Vitamin D Associated with Increased Fall Risk in Older Adults

By Kelly Young

High-dose vitamin D supplementation does not improve functional ability in community-dwelling adults at risk for falls — instead, it is associated with increased fall risk — suggests a JAMA Internal Medicine study.

Two hundred adults aged 70 and older with a fall in the past 12 months were randomized to receive one of three monthly regimens of vitamin D3: 24,000 IU, 60,000 IU, or 24,000 IU plus 300 µg of calcifediol.

At 12 months, scores for lower extremity function, the primary outcome, were similar across the groups. However, fall rates were significantly higher for the 60,000 IU and 20,000 IU plus calcifediol groups (about 66%) than the 20,000 IU group (48%).

Editorialists conclude: "It would be prudent to follow recommendations from the Institute of Medicine ... that people 70 years or older have a total daily intake of 800 IU of vitamin D without routine measurement of serum 25(OH)D levels." They also recommend a balanced diet over supplementation.

Vitamin D and Falls

Dr. Hassan’s Bottom Line: This tells us that Vitamin D in excess may actually cause harm. I do not routinely check Vitamin D levels unless patients insist. Even then, I tell them there is weak to no data that says treating a low vitamin D level helps people live longer. For folks who want my dosing for vitamin D, I tell them 2000 IUs per day when the Brewers are not playing.