Calcium Intake & Fracture Risk

Reference:Nieves JW, et al Calcium and vitamin D intake influence bone mass, but not short-term fracture risk, in Caucasian postmenopausal women from the National Osteoporosis Risk. Osteoporos Int. 2008 May;19(5):673-9. Epub 2007 Nov 13.

This large study investigated the potential benefits of calcium and vitamin D intake on bone density and fracture risk in over 75,000 post-menopausal Caucasian women.

Results: Within 3 years, over 36,000 participants reported of new fractures.

Higher lifetime calcium intake and higher current calcium or vitamin D intake were both associated with reduced risk of osteoporosis. However, the intake of calcium and/or vitamin D was not associated with the 3-year risk of any fracture.

Clinical Conclusion: Higher calcium and vitamin D intakes may reduce the odds of osteoporosis but it does not reduce the 3-year risk of fracture in women.

Posted on: March 29, 2011


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