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Vitamin D Plus Calcium Found To Significantly Reduce Risk Of Fractures

January 12, 2010: 08:49 AM EST
Researchers who analyzed data from seven global clinical trials involving 700,000 patients found that taking both daily calcium and vitamin D supplements cut the risk of bone fractures, no matter the age, sex, or fracture history of the patient. An osteoporosis group estimates that 80 percent of the 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis are women; four of 10 women over age 50 will fracture their hip, spine or wrist in their lifetime. "This study supports a growing consensus that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing fractures," a researcher said.
J Robbins, B Abrahamsen, et al., "Patient level pooled analysis of 68 500 patients from seven major vitamin D fracture trials in US and Europe", British Medical Journal, January 12, 2010, © BMJ Publishing Group Ltd.
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