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Your Health: 2-26-13 Preventing fractures

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If you're trying to prevent broken bones, this is information you should know.

U.S. Health officials now say healthy older women should not take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in healthy adults lower doses of calcium and vitamin D seem to be ineffective; as for higher doses that is still up in the air.

The new recommendations do not apply to people who are known to be vitamin D deficient or who already have osteoporosis.

The report says don't take low doses of daily supplement less than 400 IU of vitamin D and less than 1000 mg of calcium after menopause have no benefit.

The study appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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