Older Women: Stop Taking Low Doses of Calcium, Vitamin D

Government-backed report says the pills won’t stop bone fractures

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Hoping to stave off brittle bones by popping calcium and vitamin D pills? It may be time to stop.

Reuters reports the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says low doses of the supplements do not keep postmenopausal women from experiencing bone fractures and do up the risk of kidney stones and other side effects.

“We know vitamin D is very important for the body, and it’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet that includes vitamin D and calcium,” task force member Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo tells the news service.

According to Reuters, the Institute of Medicine advises both women and men to get a minimum of 600 IU of vitamin D and at least 1,000 mg of calcium daily.

“We’re fortunate that we have large studies that tell us with a moderate degree of certainty that—in these dosages—this supplementation is not effective in postmenopausal women with the goal of preventing fractures,” Bibbins-Domingo tells the news service.

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