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Scientists confirm role of vitamin D in fracture prevention

July 5, 2012
by pamela tabar
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A high-dose regimen of vitamin D helps reduce the risk of bone fractures in seniors, according to an article published in the July 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers revisited data from 11 previous double-blind studies of people age 65+, hoping to compare vitamin D intake amounts to the percentage of fractures. Results showed that low doses of vitamin D had little impact on the chance of fractures, but high levels of vitamin D (at least 800 IU daily) had the potential to reduce hip fractures by 30 percent.

Of the more than 31,000 people included in the study, most were women of an average age of 76.

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