6 Surprising Reasons Seniors Should See a Doctor After Falling

We all know that seniors have a higher risk of falls, but many of us assume seniors only fall due to lack of balance. That’s why most people don’t bother to see a doctor after a fall, unless they hurt themselves.

Falling could be a sign of numerous health conditions, some of which are hazardous. These are some of the reasons you should see a doctor after falling, even when you don’t suffer a physical injury.

1. You May Have Low Blood Pressure

Many of us are only worried about high blood pressure, but did you know that the risk of low blood pressure also increases as we age?

Luckily, low blood pressure with no symptoms may not cause serious health problems. However, postural hypotension and mediated hypotension can increase the risk of falls.

According to WebMD, postural hypotension is the failure of the nervous system or cardiovascular system to react adequately to sudden movements, such as standing up.

People with postural hypotension may experience dizziness immediately after standing up, while mediated hypotension can lead to falls after standing for a long period.

2. You May Have an Underlying New Illness

Have you noticed any new symptoms? Sometimes, falls are a sign of an underlying health issue, such as anemia, dehydration, urinary tract infection, stroke or heart problems.

Don’t forget to mention any symptoms you’ve noticed when you visit your doctor.

3. Your medications May be the Problem

Medications are one of the main reasons seniors fall. The three main categories of drugs that trigger falls are those that affect your brain, blood pressure and blood sugar.

For instance, benzodiazepines, which is a class of medication used to aid sleep and ease anxiety, affects your brain and has even been linked to dementia. Research shows that seniors who take this drug have a higher risk of falls.

Luckily, this is one of the easiest falling risk factors to control. Changing your medications can prevent falls in the future.

4. You May Be Vitamin D Deficient

Vitamin D deficiency doesn’t just increase the risk of falls. It makes you more prone to fractures when you fall. Luckily, research shows boosting vitamin D levels may lower the risk of falls.

Get your vitamin D levels checked if you spend a lot of time indoors. Or if your diet lacks in beef liver, fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, vitamin D supplements, and foods fortified with vitamin D.

5. You May Have Low Blood Sodium

Hyponatremia is a condition where the amount of sodium in your blood is abnormally low.

According to research, even seniors with mild hyponatremia have a higher risk of falls and fractures. This condition can be caused by certain medications; liver, heart or kidney problems; drinking too much water; and hormonal changes.

6. You May Have Vision Problems

You probably know that vision problems increase the risk of falls. Go for a vision check if you haven’t had one recently.

Note that a busy doctor may not remember to do all the necessary assessments. That’s why you should ask your doctor to check all the factors I’ve mentioned above.

47 comments

Lara A
Lara A2 days ago

tyfs

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Carla G
Carla G3 days ago

thank you

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Peggy B
Peggy B4 days ago

TYFS

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heather g
heather g8 days ago

Doctors also make mistakes. Often pharmacists are better informed.

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Leanne K
Leanne K10 days ago

I did read somewhere that many people die within a year of a fall. Not too cheery

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Leanne K
Leanne K10 days ago

I hadn't considered falls being the result of health issues. Yes it makes sense.

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Lesa D
Lesa D11 days ago

thank you Brian...

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Rita Odessa11 days ago

Interesting, my sister is a nurse, and about two weeks before my elderly father passed, he had fallen and bruised his hip and leg, it was ice so no one thought anything of it, but two weeks later he had a heart attack. He had health issues as well to do with his kidney and heart. My sister wondered if they were related and told me it does happen when people fall that health situations may result from a fall.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara11 days ago

get vitamin d and calcium

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara11 days ago

take care

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