Low doses of vitamin D, calcium won't ward off broken bones in older women

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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:00 am

Older women shouldn't bother taking low doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent broken bones, a government advisory group said Monday.

Both nutrients are crucial for healthy bones, and specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good diet. The body also makes vitamin D from sunshine. If an older person has a vitamin deficiency or bone-thinning osteoporosis, doctors often prescribe higher-than-normal doses.

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