(Reuters Health) - Older adults who take vitamin D and calcium are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who dont use these supplements, a research review suggests.
Researchers examined data from 33 previous trials with a total of more than 51,000 people aged 50 or older who were living in the community, not in nursing homes or other institutional settings. They found no difference in fracture risk among people who got no treatment, a placebo or dummy pill, or vitamin D and calcium alone or in combination.
It is time to stop taking calcium and vitamin D supplements for the community-dwelling older adults, said lead study author Dr. Jia-Guo Zhao, a researcher in the department of orthopedic surgery at Tianjin Hospital in China.
Vitamin D helps the body use calcium to support bone health, and many older adults are advised to take one or both of these supplements. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D for most adults is 600 IU (international units), or 800 IU after age 70.
The guidelines should be changed, Zhao said by email. We think that improving the lifestyle, getting enough exercise and enough sunshine, and adjusting the diet ...