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Vitamin D and Bone Health

Vitamin D plays a major role in improving bone strength and quality. Without the “sunshine vitamin”, our bodies cannot effectively absorb calcium and phosphorus – two key nutrients in bone growth and development. There is increasing evidence that vitamin D supplementation may help improve bone health in the older population as well as those with medical conditions affecting the bones:
1. Studies show that people with low blood levels of vitamin D tend to suffer from more bone loss as evidenced by a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD). [448-480]
2. In women with postmenopausal osteoporosis, vitamin D replacement therapy is necessary to maximize the response to medications that prevent bone breakdown. [481-487]
3. Research shows that taking vitamin D supplements may lower the risk of bone fractures by 22-33%. [488-489]
4. In elderly or postmenopausal women, vitamin D supplementation significantly prevents fractures and improves fracture healing. [490-491]
5. In the elderly, vitamin D supplementation significantly reduces the risk of falls. [492-495]
6. In patients with Parkinson’s disease, two years of 1,000 IU of vitamin D2 may help prevent hip fractures and preserve BMD. [496]
7. When combined with calcium, vitamin D supplementation significantly lowers the risk of fractures. [497-500]
8. In patients with osteoporosis, vitamin D replacement therapy significantly increases BMD at different skeletal sites. [501-517]

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