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Do We Really Need Calcium and Vitamin D for Bone Health? NOF Answers ‘Yes’

admin - April 1, 2013



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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a recommendation stating that not enough evidence exists to prove the benefits and harms of calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent bone fractures. Contrary to this recommendation, the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) has released a statement claiming that yes, calcium and vitamin D are important nutrients for not only preventing fractures, but for overall bone health.

“We…know that osteoporosis medications don’t work without calcium and vitamin D,” said NOF President Robert Recker, M.D., on the NOF website, “and [we] are concerned that the release of the USPSTF recommendations will lead to more individuals not getting sufficient amounts of these nutrients and an increase in broken bones.”

Calcium and vitamin D are clearly one piece of the bone health formula, and other components, such as eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables, exercising, not smoking, not drinking heavily, and working with a healthcare provider to determine an appropriate treatment plan for osteoporosis, are key steps to take.

“Everyone needs to get the recommended daily amount of calcium and vitamin D to enjoy good overall health and especially bone health,” Recker said. “My concern is that the media’s coverage of the USPSTF recommendations is not balanced with the important benefits of these nutrients and may lead individuals to stop taking the needed amount of calcium or vitamin D without consulting with their healthcare provider.”

Always discuss all health decisions or changes with your healthcare provider. Should your healthcare provider recommend a daily supplement of calcium or vitamin D, remember that they are the experts when it comes to your health. Every person should have the recommended daily amount of calcium and vitamin D for optimal, lifelong health.

To read the full response from the National Osteoporosis Foundation regarding the recommendations of calcium and vitamin D supplements made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, click here: http://www.nof.org/news/903




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