Vitamin D with Calcium Reduces Fracture Risk

January 16, 2010 | Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

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 Vitamin D with Calcium Reduces Fracture Risk
A large study involving 68,517 participants has shown that vitamin D taken with calcium1 reduces fractures for both men and women of any age.

“What is important about this very large study is that goes a long way toward resolving conflicting evidence about the role of vitamin D, either alone or in combination with calcium, in reducing fractures,” said John Robbins, professor of internal medicine at UC Davis and a co-author of the journal article. “Our WHI research in Sacramento included more than 1,000 healthy, postmenopausal women and concluded that taking calcium and vitamin D together helped them preserve bone health and prevent fractures. This latest analysis, because it incorporates so many more people, really confirms our earlier conclusions.”

“This study supports a growing consensus that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing a variety of fractures,” said Robbins. “Interestingly, this combination of supplements benefits both women and men of all ages, which is not something we fully expected to find. We now need to investigate the best dosage, duration and optimal way for people to take it.”

This is more solid evidence that good nutrition is your best option for optimal bone health.

Referenced Studies

  1. ^ Vitamin D, Calcium, and Bone Health  BMJ  The DIPART (vitamin D Individual Patient Analysis of Randomized Trials) Group

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