Report reveals the misconceptions of the benefits of "vitamin D"

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Report reveals the misconceptions of the benefits of "vitamin D"


A new analysis suggests that taking "vitamin D" may not improve bone density or prevent fractures and falls in adults, according to a report in the Lancet Journal of Diabetes and Endocrinology.


After collecting data from 81 trials, the researchers found that taking the vitamin did not benefit the bones.

"Our results show that there is not enough reason for adults to take vitamin D supplementation to prevent fractures except for people in high-risk groups like those who are not exposed to sunlight," said Dr Allison Avenel of the University of Aberdeen, who participated in the study.

For the new study, Avenel and the research team examined studies on the effect of vitamin D supplementation on bone health. They eventually settled on 81 trials involving 53,337 patients.

The duration of vitamin intake varied among participants, ranging from four weeks to five years. More than 75 percent of the participants were women over the age of 65.

The researchers did not calculate the average age of study participants, but most were 65 or older, Avinell said.

After collecting data from all the selected trials, the researchers found that vitamin D had no effect on the number of fractures or falls. The vitamin dose did not make any difference, and vitamin intake did not appear to increase bone density.
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