Calcium, vitamin D fail to prevent fractures in elderly

May 4, 2005 in Nutrition for Older Adults, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Calcium, vitamin D fail to prevent fractures in elderly

According to recent study findings published in The Lancet, calcium and vitamin D supplementation does not seem to reduce the risk of bone fractures in the elderly.

While calcium and vitamin D have long been prescribed to prevent osteoporosis, this study is the second in the past week to show otherwise.

In the study of over 5,000 elderly people who had previously broken a bone, there was no difference in the number of fractures between the participants who had taken supplements of vitamin D, calcium, a combination of both or a placebo after 5 years.

Researchers conclude further studies are needed to consider alternative strategies for the prevention of secondary bone fractures.

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