Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Vitamin D plus calcium may protect everyone from fracture: Study

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Daily supplements which combine vitamin D and calcium may reduce the risk of fractures for menopausal women and others, regardless of age or gender, say the results of a huge study.

Almost 70,000 people participated in the US and Europe and found that the vitamin-mineral combination significantly reduced fractures by 8 per cent, and hip fractures by 16 per cent, according to results of a pooled analysis published in the British Medical Journal.

However, supplemental vitamin D on its own in daily doses equivalent to 10 to 20 micrograms had no effects on fracture prevention, said the study, led by researchers at Copenhagen University in Denmark.

“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 co-author of the study, Professor John Robbins from the University of California, Davis.

Interesting info for all baby boomers. It seems we should stock up on your calcium, vitamin D and don't forget the wicking sleepwear more
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