A person’s health can be a risk factor for a fall. Chronic conditions such as vision problems, Parkinson’s disease, low blood pressure, joint pain, and inner ear problems can all cause imbalance. That can lead to a fall. Side effects from some medications—such as sleeping aids and certain blood pressure medications—may also increase fall risk. Dehydration can cause dizziness, and lead to a fall. Low vitamin D levels may also make someone more at risk for falling.
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