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Vitamin D 'cuts fracture risk'
People who get plenty of vitamin D could be at a reduced risk of fractures, new research shows.
Scientists analysed the results of 11 studies about vitamin D supplementation and fracture risk, and found that higher doses of the vitamin may be the most advantageous when it comes to reducing bone fractures.
The research, which was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that people in the highest quartile for vitamin D intake sustained 30 per cent fewer hip fractures and 14 per cent fewer fractures of other bones compared to the control groups.
Bess Dawson-Hughes, senior author, explained that the study also showed that there was no benefit to taking Vitamin D supplements in doses below 800 International Units (IUs) per day.
To experience the fracture-preventing advantages of the vitamin, people had to take between 800 and 2,000 IUs.
She confirmed: "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."
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