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Vitamin D Supplements Fail to Prevent Bone Fractures in Healthy Adults| Vitamin D Supplement?

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Vitamin d supplements have been shown to be ineffective in preventing bone fractures in healthy adults, according to a recent study. The study, which was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at data from more than 25,000 healthy adults over the age of 65. It found that vitamin d supplements did not reduce the risk of bone fractures among participants who did not have osteoporosis or vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D Supplements Ineffective in Preventing Fractures

These findings are in line with other recent studies that have also shown vitamin D supplements to be ineffective in preventing fractures. However, it is still unclear why vitamin D supplements fail to prevent fractures. One possibility is that vitamin D may not be as effective in healthy adults as it is in people who are at risk for osteoporosis or who have vitamin D deficiency. Another possibility is that the doses of vitamin D used in these studies were too low to produce any benefit.

Vitamin D supplements are often recommended to prevent bone fractures in older adults, but a new clinical trial has found that they may not do much after all.

The National Academy of Medicine (then called the Institute for Medical Research) recommend 600-800 international units (IU) daily as part of healthy living habits and past research linking Vitamin D with stronger bones; however this recent study suggests there is little evidence supporting these claims--and even potential risks when taken high doses over long periods

The researchers wanted to see if adding vitamin D alone would preventively improve bone health in men ages 50 and up, as well as women 55+, so they conducted a trial with 80 participants. The results showed that those who took supplements had higher levels than others but did not find any harmful effects or beneficial ones from the additional intake on its own.

Do Vitamin D deficiency affect health in healthy adults?

This is a huge study that tracked the health outcomes of almost 26000 adults for five years. The results show us two important things: first off, more isn't always better when it comes to vitamin D levels as 2/3rds (or 18500 people) had normal ranges below what's considered low intake; secondly women make up half our population but they only accounted 4% in research studies which means there may be something going on with regard their bone density or another issue preventing them from achieving healthy peaks during puberty.

While the study didn't look at whether calcium supplements would help prevent fractures, it's possible that taking 1,200 milligrams per day could have protected against them. Calcium is important because without enough absorbed by our bodies into bones and teeth - which can lead to an increased risk or severity of cardiovascular disease as well according studies done in animals!

Do you need to take a Vitamin D supplement?

Most people get enough vitamin D from the sun and their diet, so supplements aren’t necessary for most. According to Columbia University Medical Center's endocrinologist Dr Ethel Siris "in general," those who take them may experience additional bone benefits but it isn't clear how often this happens or if there are any side effects associated with taking these extra vitamins.

"In the context of reducing fractures," supplements won't do much for most people, who was not involved with this new research. However there are certain groups that may benefit from them - including those at high risk or suffering from vitamin D deficiency and osteoporosis; these would require an extra boost in both nutrients (calcium) as well has enough physical activity which can strengthen bones via weight bearing exercises like walking."

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