BPPV prevention is a common concern expressed by most people who have had BPPV vertigo. They don’t want it to come back! Statistically, BPPV has about a 35% rate of recurrence. That number jumps up to about a 50% rate of recurrence in people with migraines. BPPV prevention is a research question that finally has at least one answer: Vitamin D.
Vitamin D for BPPV Prevention
Have you heard that Vitamin D is linked to the rate of BPPV recurrence? A research study found that people with low Vitamin D had a higher frequency of BPPV recurrence. This information is important during the winter when sunlight hours are fewer, which can cause us to be deficient in Vitamin D. If you suffer from repeated episodes of BPPV and you are interested in BPPV prevention, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting your Vitamin D level checked.
Get Vitamin D Checked
Current guidelines recommend supplementing with Vitamin D if you are deficient, with a level below 30. There are a few other specific medical conditions that tend to involve lower levels of Vitamin D and have been linked with higher rates of BPPV. For example, people with osteoporosis and osteopenia are more likely to get BPPV.
Talk to your Doctor about BPPV Prevention with Vitamin D
A Vitamin D supplement for BPPV prevention if you are deficient in Vitamin D can be found in capsule form or liquid form. One physician I know recommends for her patients to spend about fifteen minutes per day outside in the sunshine without sunscreen or sunglasses to allow for natural Vitamin D production. You can talk with your doctor about the best way for you to increase your Vitamin D level if your test results show that you are deficient. Whenever I see a patient who asks about BPPV prevention to reduce future future vertigo episodes, I am now educating them about the link to low Vitamin D levels.
Read the Research
Click here to check out a research study on this concept.
This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.