Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Make Our Bones Healthier

New Study Finds Vitamin Supplements Are A Waste Of Time

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Vitamin D supplements, long pushed as benefiting bone health, can't be justified for most people except perhaps for those at high risk of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease, according to a new meta-study published on Thursday in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal.

The analysis found that vitamin D supplementation did not reduce total fractures, hip fractures or falls by the 15% defined as a clinically meaningful threshold.

Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. These can occur due to vitamin D deficiency. Not everyone is convinced by the overall finding that vitamin D supplementation is worthless, CNN notes.

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Based on these facts, researcher Dr. Alison Avenell, a clinical chair in health services research at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, suggests that the recommended guidelines of vitamin D supplements for bone health should be changed.

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A review of previously published studies found that taking either high or low doses of vitamin D supplements didn't prevent fractures or falls, or improve bone density.

Over the years, experts have consistently recommended vitamin D be supplemented in the diet to improve bone health and protect against fractures and breaks. Most studies included women aged over 65 with serum vitamin D levels of less than 50nmol/L and taking vitamin D doses of more than 800IU per day.

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But the latest study argues that Vitamin D pills make no difference to the strength of bones. "Clinical guidelines should be changed to reflect these findings", the researcher added.

The findings were published online October 4 in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

More than half of the trials were done in populations with baseline concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD [2]) of less than 50 nmol/L (a cut-off often considered to indicate low vitamin D levels), but only 6% were done in populations with vitamin D deficiency (a baseline 25OHD of less than 25 nmol/L).

Whilst it is universally agreed that vitamin D is essential for good health, the scientists question whether supplementation is necessary.

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Bolland suggests doctors and health officials now recommending the vitamin to older patients as a way to prevent osteoporosis or brittle bones should stop.

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