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Meta-Analysis Of Clinical Trials Proves Vitamin D Supplements Are Safe For Elderly Women

April 12, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Despite a flurry of contradictory reports in recent years, a new U.S. and European study finds that calcium supplements, with or without vitamin D, for osteoporosis are probably safe for older women. The researchers searched clinical trial databases for research conducted between 1966 and 2013, finding 18 (of 661) involving nearly 64,000 postmenopausal women that met stringent inclusion criteria. The meta-analysis showed that calcium supplementation with or without vitamin D does not increase coronary heart disease or increase the risk of death in elderly women.
J. R. Lewis et al., "The effects of calcium supplementation on coronary heart disease hospitalization and death in postmenopausal women: a collaborative meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.", News release, study presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, April 12, 2014, © Lewis et al.
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