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High doses of vitamin D can reduce fracture risk

High doses of vitamin D can reduce fracture risk
6th July 2012

People that have high levels of vitamin D are at a lower risk of fractures, according to a new study.

Researchers found that older adults are less likely to experience a fracture if they have sufficient vitamin D levels than those without.

The discovery was made when 11 unrelated randomised clinical trials investigating vitamin D supplementation and fracture risk were analysed.

Dr Dawson-Hughes, senior author of the study, commented: "Taking between 800 IUs and 2,000 IUs of vitamin D per day significantly reduced the risk of most fractures, including hip, wrist and forearm in both men and women age 65 and older."

However, below 800 IUs no benefit was observed, suggesting that vitamin D can only promote healthy bone health after a certain point.

The study adds to further research detailing the advantages high levels of vitamin D can create for older adults, including reducing diabetes, stroke and mental health risk.

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