Meta-Analysis Finds Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Improve Bones

Meta-Analysis Finds Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Improve Bones

Many doctors recommend taking a vitamin D supplement because many people have deficient levels of it, but a new study is casting doubt that the supplement actually has any bone benefits.

Researchers conducted an analysis of 81 studies enrolling more than 53,000 older adults that involved vitamin D supplements to determine how effective they are at boosting bone mineral density and preventing falls and fractures. They concluded vitamin D supplements aren’t effective at all in these areas, as they reported in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

Results also showed that the dosage of the supplement didn’t make a difference.

“There is little justification to use vitamin D supplements to maintain or improve musculoskeletal health,” the researchers say.

This newest meta-analysis echoes results from another one published in December 2017 that examined vitamin D and calcium supplements and bone fractures in the elderly. That study involved 33 trials and more than 51,000 participants.

However, there are indications that having higher levels of vitamin D may have other health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol, helping those with breast cancer live longer and lowering the overall risk of death.


Jonathan Block

Jonathan Block

Jonathan Block is MedShadow's content editor. He has previously worked for Psychiatry Advisor, Modern Healthcare, Health Reform Week and The Pink Sheet.


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