Frailty Be Thy Name

A new study at Oregon State University  found that from a survey of more than 4,300 U.S. adults older than 60, those with low vitamin D levels had a 30 percent greater risk of death during the study period than those with higher levels. Frail people had more than double the risk of death than those who were not frail. And those who were both frail and had low vitamin D levels were three times more likely to die than those who were not frail and had higher vitamin D levels.  Well, at least they didn’t have a small pre-cancerous skin condition that could be removed with a little liquid nitrogen spray!   Thank you dermatologists everywhere for keeping our elderly out of the way of the evil sun.   Now we primary care docs get to take care of their broken hips, spines, or as this study shows, their end-of-life wishes.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Frailty Be Thy Name

  1. Kurt
    August 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    GUESS WHAT? “Getting old increases one’s risk of dying.”

    Interestingly enough I was told at a review conference at a large university that the endocrinologists there who research vitamin D,
    all take 5000 units a day themselves come heck or high water.

    Vitamin D and vitamin B12 levels aren’t cheap tests. B12 deficiency in the >65 year olds is rampant in the area I’m at. D3 levels I find a down too in a fair number but I don’t order it as often due to the costs.

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