Calcium supplements reduce risk fracture

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:697
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Healthy elderly people who took supplements of calcium and vitamin D had less than half the fractures of those in a placebo group in a three year study, even though they fell just as often, according to researchers at the Tufts University Nutrition Center in Boston.

The finding comes as the American Medical Association makes new recommendations about calcium and warns that “a large percentage of Americans fail to meet the currently recommended guidelines for optimal calcium intake.”

The double blind, placebo controlled study of 176 men and 213 women over 65 found that 26 people in the placebo group had …

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