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Calcium and vitamin D have benefits for elderly

Calcium and vitamin D have benefits for elderly
6th May 2008

Regular intake of calcium and vitamin D could help reduce the number of hip fractures suffered by the elderly.

The Lewin Group has stated that using these key supplements regularly can reduce pain and suffering among the over 50s.

According to the group, 1,200 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D per day would reduce bone loss and hip fractures among the elderly and result in thousands of fewer hospitalisations., an online health resource, states that these supplements are effective as they prevent osteoporosis – the primary cause of hospitalisation and fractures among older patients.

Meanwhile, research from the US suggests that men are in need of osteoporosis screening as their risk levels are set to increase over the coming years.

A team from the American College of Physicians has concluded that while the bone-thinning condition is more commonly associated with women, men would benefit from more stringent screening as the number with osteoporosis is set to increase by 50 per cent in the next 15 years.

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