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Calcium/vitamin D reduces bone loss, fractures in older subjects -- Tufts study.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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CALCIUM/VITAMIN D REDUCES BONE LOSS, FRACTURES IN OLDER PATIENTS, a three-year study by Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, et al., Tufts University, concludes. Published in the Sept. 4 New England Journal of Medicine, the research shows that among 176 men and 213 women ages 65 and older and living at home, "dietary supplementation with calcium and vitamin D moderately reduced bone loss measured in the femoral neck, spine, and total body over the three-year study period and reduced the incidence of nonvertebral fractures," Dawson-Hughes and colleagues state. The study was funded by the National Institute on Aging under its Sites Testing Osteoporosis Prevention/Intervention Treatments (STOP/IT) initiative.

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