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Vitamin D alone cannot reduce the risk of bone fractures

January 29, 2010
Researchers have found that consumption of vitamin D alone doesn't reduce the risk of fractures, but combined with calcium it reduces that risk even if previous fractures have occurred.

The study, published online in BMJ, included data from seven different studies involving more than 68,000 people whose average age was 70. In doses of 10 to 20 micrograms daily, vitamin D doesn't prevent fractures, although additional study is needed to determine the effect of higher doses of the vitamin, researchers concluded.

Combined with calcium, the two supplements can reduce the risk of hip fractures, total fractures and possibly vertebral fractures.

The Laboratory of Orthopedic Research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research focuses on treatments for injuries of the musculoskeletal system, including cartilage regeneration and repair, meniscus repair, tendon repair, and bone fracture augmentation and fusion. The laboratory is one of the research facilities of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Key areas of study at the orthopedic research lab are tendon regeneration for common injuries such as those to the rotator cuff of the shoulder, and flexor tendons in the hand, and cartilage repair. The head of the laboratory, Daniel Grande, PhD, is widely recognized as a leader in cartilage repair.

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