Calcium and vitamin D supplements: a bone of contention

June 2006
Gut;Jun2006, Vol. 55 Issue 6, p885
Academic Journal
Case Study
The article reports on a case study related to the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements as a strategy to prevent osteoporosis and hip fracture. A total of 36282 postmenopausal women were randomly selected to receive 1 gram of elemental calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D3 or matching placebo. It was found that there was an increase in hip bone density but no statistically significant reduction in hip fracture. The study suggests that one should be very cautious about placing all high risk osteoporosis patients on calcium and vitamin D supplements.


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