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For some, keeping vertigo at bay could be as easy as falling off a rock

Supplementing with vitamin D and calcium is a ‘simple, low-risk way to prevent vertigo from recurring’

Senior features writer

The world started to spin when I looked up while climbing in the Cederberg recently. I felt as if I was falling, though I hadn’t left the ground. (Falling off the rock higher up is expected, but not this sensation.)

I had a common type of vertigo that day and a new study shows that the risk of another attack can be reduced by taking vitamin D and calcium twice a day.

“Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV, is a very common reason for vertigo, which originates in the ear,” said Dr Louis Hofmeyr (https://lmhofmeyr.co.za/conditions/dizziness-and-balance-disorders/benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-bppv/), an ear, nose and throat specialist who has super-specialised in disorders of the inner ear...

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