Taking calcium supplements along with modest amounts of vitamin D can substantially reduce the risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women.
Ross L. Prentice, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, and his colleagues analyzed data from 36,282 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative study. The women took either 1,000 mg of calcium (as calcium carbonate) and 400 IU of vitamin D, or placebos, daily for an average of seven years.
None of the women were taking calcium or vitamin D supplements when the study began. The amount of vitamin D was later increased to 600 IU daily and then to 1,000 IU daily.
Women who consistently took the supplements for at least five years were 38 percent less likely to have a hip fracture.
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