Calcium with vitamin D reduces hip fractures in postmenopausal women
Hormone therapy, calcium and D showed fewer fractures
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]