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Low-dose vitamin D to stop breaks gets thumbs-down

(Reuters Health) Postmenopausal women shouldn't take low doses of vitamin D and calcium to prevent broken bones, a government-backed expert panel said on Tuesday.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), which makes recommendations on a range of prevention issues, said studies of the supplements suggest they do little to prevent fractures at doses lower than 400 IU of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium daily. But it is clear that they come with a slightly increased risk of certain side effects, including kidney stones…
For higher doses of the supplements, the evidence is still too limited to make recommendations either way, the panel found. The same is true for cancer prevention, it said.
Community: But the Council for Responsible Nutrition isn’t changing its recommendation on calcium intake. And the risk of getting kidney stones can be reduced by also taking potassium.
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