Vitamin D, calcium reduce fracture risk, study says

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Vitamin D supplements alone are not enough to lower the risk of hip fractures for the frail elderly and those with osteoporosis, new research indicates.

The risk of hip fractures decreases only if they take oral vitamin D supplements along with additional calcium, according to a report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

The risk of hip fracture was cut by 18% in study participants receiving vitamin D plus calcium, the report indicates. Vitamin D and calcium work together to restore calcium balance and reduce fracture risk restore bone health, researchers concluded.

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