A new study has stated that calcium and vitamin D supplements may not assist in the prevention of bone fractures of people above the age of 50. Previous studies have stated that a combination of both the supplements helps in strengthens a person’s bones.
The findings of the study were based on an analysis of 33 clinical trials which were conducted over the period of 10 years. The trials included more than 50,000 people as participants. However, despite the findings of the study, health care providers may still have been right to recumbent you the combination of the supplements.
Commenting on the findings of the study, the executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, a research and medical education partnership between the two schools, Dr. Consuelo Wilkins said that calcium and vitamin D supplements have been recommended by health experts routinely for a long time.
However, the recommendations are generally made to maintain the health of a person’s bones and not to prevent fractures specifically, Wilkins said, according to Newsweek.
The health expert said that they recommend the supplements for healthy bone which plays a crucial role in preventing fractures. Bone mass in women begins to decline once they reach their 40s, that is the period when they need to be particularly careful about their bone health.
“Post-menopausal women have a pretty dramatic decline in their bone density,” she said.
The experts said that a dramatic decline in bone density can be dangerous for people as the chances of breaking a bone increases if a person falls.
Reports state that almost half of all 50-year-old women break a bone because of osteoporosis in their lives. Osteoporosis is a conduction caused by severe bone density loss. The combination of vitamin D and calcium supplements are advised for healthy bones as calcium is linked with bone density and vitamin D is associated with maintaining calcium levels.
Wilkins said that the findings of the study should not be the prime reason for people to stop taking the supplements.
“There’s been a lot of debate for more than a decade about the benefits of calcium and vitamin D,” Wilkins said.
The findings of the study were published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA).