Vitamin D Plus Calcium Guards Against Fractures

Daily supplements of calcium and vitamin D reduce the risk of
fractures in women and men of all ages, even if they’ve suffered previous
fractures, but vitamin D supplements alone don’t offer significant protection, a
new study has found.

Researchers analyzed data from 68,517 people, average age 70, who took part in
seven studies that looked at the effect vitamin D or vitamin D plus calcium had
on reducing fractures.

The analysis revealed that vitamin D given alone in doses of 10 micrograms to 20
micrograms per day doesn’t prevent fractures. However, calcium and vitamin D
given together reduce the risk of hip fractures, total fractures and possibly
vertebral fractures.

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