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Study Finds No Bone Health Benefits from Vitamin D Supplements

A University of Wisconsin-Madison study found vitamin D-deficient, postmenopausal women who took high doses of vitamin D increased their calcium absorption by just 1% and saw no gains in spine, hip or total body bone mineral density. Dr. Rita Redberg at the University of California at San Francisco commented that the study in JAMA “is the final, and negative, word on vitamin D supplementation,” and that women who take supplements for bone health should stop. The study authors say almost half of postmenopausal women will experience some type of bone fracture resulting from low bone mass, low muscle mass and/or low bone density. — JAMA Internal Medicine. Aug. 3, 2015