Calcium with vitamin D reduces hip fractures in postmenopausal women
by Newsletter Editor
Doctors had encouraged women with severe menopause symptoms to use hormone therapy, but have since discouraged it due to side effects. This two-part study included 16,089 women already taking hormone therapy, those taking hormone therapy plus calcium and vitamin D or placebo.
The doses were 1,000 mg of calcium plus 400 IU of vitamin D per day. After more than seven years of follow up, women on hormone therapy plus calcium and vitamin D had fewer fractures compared to placebo or to women on hormone therapy alone.
Doctors said that during an average year, compared to placebo, half as many women would experience a hip fracture when taking hormone therapy with calcium and vitamin D.
Reference: Menopause 2013 Aug 13.[epub ahead of print]