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Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Improve Bone Strength, Says Study

by Kathy Jones on  October 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Researchers at University of Auckland in New Zealand have found that vitamin D supplements do not provide any benefits in improving bone strength and women who take the supplements to protect themselves from osteoporosis are simply wasting their time.
 Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Improve Bone Strength, Says Study
Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Improve Bone Strength, Says Study
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The researchers, led by Professor Ian Reid, reviewed around 23 randomized studies that involved over 4,000 healthy adults with an average age of 59 years and found that taking vitamin D supplements does not improve the bone density in the hip, spine, forearm, or in the body as a whole, though the researchers admitted that their review did not look at other benefits provided by such supplements. The study has been published in the journal The Lancet.

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"This systematic review provides very little evidence of an overall benefit of vitamin D supplementation on bone density. Continuing widespread use of vitamin D for osteoporosis prevention in community-dwelling adults without specific risk factors for vitamin D deficiency seems to be inappropriate", the researchers wrote in their report.



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