• New Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D

    A new draft recommendation by the U.S Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may cause you to rethink your calcium and vitamin D supplement routine.
    The USPSTF looked at the use of calcium and vitamin D supplements in adults, with an eye towards preventing fractures related to osteoporosis.  The recommendation relied on a long-running study of women taking calcium and vitamin D, known as the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).
    The USPSTF concluded that 1,000 mg a day of calcium and 400 IUs of vitamin D do not prevent fractures in healthy women.  This is not surprising news, as we have known for a long time that calcium and vitamin D are critical but are not enough alone to prevent fractures.

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