Panel Advises Against Low Doses of Vitamin D, Calcium for Fractures

We've been told to incorporate vitamin D and calcium into our diets if we want strong bones, whether it's by drinking a glass of milk or taking a supplement.

The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force said postmenopausal women actually should not take low doses of vitamin D and calcium to prevent broken bones.

According to the study, doses lower than 400 units of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily does little when it comes to preventing fractures for healthy women.

The study said this does, however, come with a slightly increased risk of side effects like kidney stones.

An advisory panel said men and women should get at least 600 units of vitamin D, and at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium daily.

But what about taking a higher dose?

The panel found there is not enough evidence to make recommendations on that, either.

Yvette Ladd, a pharmacist with Augusta Medical Center, recommends no more than 2,000 units of vitamin D a day.

"You're more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, and to suffer from symptoms associated with those deficiencies, than you are to become toxic," said Ladd.

Ladd said the best way to get your vitamin D is from food first - like sardines, salmon, eggs or milk, and then consider a supplement.

She noted when you take a supplement, take it with a multivitamin, as they help one another get absorbed.

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By CapitalBay Online 06/15/2012 03:00:00