According to a recent study, taking vitamin D and calcium on a daily basis can help reduce the risk of bone fractures.
Researchers at Copenhagen University in Denmark found that taking the nutrients together decreased participants’ isolated hip fracture risk by 16 percent and their overall fracture risk by 8 percent. However, the study also discovered that when the vitamin was taken by itself, no significant protection was offered.
"This study supports a growing consensus that combined calcium and vitamin D is more effective than vitamin D alone in reducing a variety of fractures," said lead researcher John Robbins.
"Interestingly, this combination of supplements benefits both women and men of all ages, which is not something we fully expected to find," he added.
Experts recommend a dose of 10 mcg of vitamin D and 1,000 mg of calcium on a daily basis, according to Med Page Today. For high-risk patients, the nutrients should be supplemented by bisphosphonates or other antiosteoporotic drugs.
Bone fractures are a significant cause of disability in older people. Nearly 40 percent of women over the age of 50 will experience a fracture of the hip, spine or wrist in their lifetime.