Ask Dr Miriam

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QI’m get­ting a bit un­steady on my feet and I’m scared I will fall and break a bone. What pre­cau­tions can I take?

AThere are lots of things you can do both to keep your­self steady and to avoid falls.

Stay­ing steady is part of the bat­tle, and although fall­ing is com­mon in older age and may seem like some­thing you can’t con­trol, re­search has shown “fall risk” can be re­duced.

Here are a few sug­ges­tions which may make a difference to you. Firstly, some med­i­ca­tions cause un­steadi­ness. If you’re tak­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent tablets, ask yy­our GP or a pphar­ma­cist to review them. Sec­ondly, avoid clothes that are llong and trail­ing anand avoid get­ting ththirsty too as de­hde­hy­dra­tion can cause a greater risk of fall­ing. Also make sure you eat a var­ied diet rich in vi­ta­min D con­tain­ing foods like egg and oily fish. And walk ev­ery day. Strong legs pre­vent falls.

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