A new study shows that vitamin D and calcium must be taken together to reduce the chances of fracture.
Researchers reviewed seven major vitamin D bone fracture studies covering more than 68,500 participants, average age 70, who took vitamin D with or without calcium. Doctors found that overall, people who took vitamin D with calcium were 8 percent less likely to have a bone fracture, and 16 percent less likely to have a hip fracture, compared to those who did not take vitamin D with calcium. Scientists noted that the chances of fracture did not decline with vitamin D alone, but only when participants took vitamin D and calcium together.
Doctors were surprised to find that vitamin D with calcium benefited women and men of all ages and concluded that, “Calcium and vitamin D given together reduce hip fractures and total fractures, and probably vertebral fractures, irrespective of age, sex, or previous fractures.”