Researchers from Copenhagen University in Denmark analyzed data from seven studies with nearly 70,000 people to examine the role that vitamin D or the combination of vitamin D and calcium has on the risk of bone fractures.
Researchers found that vitamin D supplements on their own had no effect on fracture prevention. However when the same amount of vitamin D was combined with calcium, the risk of bone fractures reduced by 8 percent, and the risk of hip fractures dropped 16 percent in all participants, regardless of age, gender or previous fractures.
The study supports the growing consensus that the combination of vitamin D and calcium is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing fracture risk. And while the combination is often recommended for women with, or at risk for osteoporosis, these latest findings support the role of the vitamin-mineral combination in other age groups, and both sexes.
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