Vitamin D May Help The Elderly With Osteoporosis

by Medindia Content Team on  April 1, 2005 at 2:15 PM General Health News
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Vitamin D May Help The Elderly With Osteoporosis
Studies have shown that osteoporosis which occurs in people above the age of 50 yrs may be benefited from taking supplements of vitamin D.
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Patients who are suffering from increased bone fracture and rapid porous ness of bones may benefit greatly from taking Vitamin D, says a study in Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. The researchers are of the opinion that nutritional supplements of the vitamin D along with calcium may be associated with a reduction in fractures due to fall in elderly people.

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Although vitamin D is an important ingredient of a balanced diet, the dietary intake of this vitamin had remained low in many countries. While this had lead to some of the countries going for dietary fortification of vitamin d especially in foods like wheat, milk and margarine, one global review says that on an average diets only supply about 6% to 47% of the recommended dietary allowance.

Thus for the elderly people who are more at risk from osteoporosis will be required to take additional supplements of vitamin D to increase the bone density that will hamper the growth of the condition.
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