Combination of Calcium and Vitamin D Best for Fracture Protection

silent heart attackMaintaining strong and healthy bones should be a priority for everyone. When a person loses bone mass and bones become thinner, the risk of developing painful bone fractures goes up. The most serious type of bone fractures are hip fractures which have a disturbingly high mortality rate. It’s scary when you consider that that one in five people who develop a hip fracture will die within a year – and when bones are weakened, hip fractures can result with even minor trauma. If you want to reduce your fractures what’s the best way to do it? A new study shows that the best fracture protection come from taking a combination of calcium and vitamin D.

Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation for Fracture Protection: A Study

Researchers looked at data from a variety of medical trials involving 68,517 people with an average age of almost seventy. They wanted to see the effects calcium and vitamin D used together would have on fracture rates. The results? They found that vitamin D alone gave no significant fracture protection; but when calcium and vitamin D supplementation was used together, the fracture rate fell. This held true not only for women – who are generally at highest risk for osteoporosis – but also for men. Calcium and vitamin D in combination seems to offer the best overall fracture protection for people regardless of age or sex.

How Much Calcium and Vitamin D Do You Need for Fracture Protection?

For most people, an appropriate dose of each vitamin would be 1,000 mg of calcium and 800 IU of Vitamin D3 each day. This should be enough to give fracture protection as well as provide the daily requirements of both vitamin D and calcium for most people. Although at these levels both are safe, it’s important to check with your doctor before taking them. Vitamin D can build up in the body and lead to toxicity when taken at high doses for long periods of time. It can be difficult to get this amount of calcium from diet alone unless you consume a lot of dairy products, but it’s even more of a challenge to get vitamin D unless you spend at least ten to fifteen minutes in direct sunlight most days of the week. Some people have difficulty absorbing vitamin D – especially dark skinned people and the elderly.

Fracture Protection with Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation: The Bottom Line

This study makes a lot of sense and is something most people can safely do to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Other ways to strengthen bones and protect against fractures is to do daily high impact exercise and stop smoking. Don’t take your bones for granted. After all, you couldn’t get around without them.

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