New Study Suggests Hip Fracture Rates May be Reduced with Calcium, Vitamin D

Calcium and vitamin D supplements have the potential to drastically slash hip fracture rates down among women, medical experts claim, quoting a recent study released by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI). The researchers’ latest findings may offer significant advancement in treatment methodologies for osteoporosis.

The latest, double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study involved 36,282 postmenopausal women in the US who were taking these nutrients. Each of the women was randomly assigned to receive 1000 mg of elemental calcium carbonate plus 400 IU of vitamin D3 daily or placebo, over the course of the study’s span lasting seven years.

Results from a previous study’s findings in 2006, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested the potential usefulness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in treating hip fractures and osteoporosis in healthy postmenopausal women. However, the study did not demonstrate a marked improvement where preventing hip fracture rates were concerned despite a noticeable increase in bone density.

It was also noted that an the estimated 59 percent of the participants who adhered to the supplementation regimen (assuming 80 percent or more compliance in taking the supplements) were found to have their hip fracture rates significantly lowered by 29 percent.

Osteoporosis International has recently published a similar study that found that, among women who had not taken calcium and vitamin D supplementation prior to the study, they exhibited a 39-percent reduction in hip fracture rates compared to those who were on placebo. The WHI study’s findings indicated similar results with 35 percent lower hip fracture rates for those who were given supplements.

The study authors have concluded that, while the results are based on a subset analysis, it appears that long-term calcium and vitamin D3 supplementation causes a substantial reduction in hip fracture risk. The researchers also tentatively claimed that breast cancer risk and total cancer risk was lowered as well among supplement users.

Despite other studies questioning the safety of calcium supplementation as regard its links to increasing heart disease among users, the usefulness of taking calcium and vitamin D3 supplements cannot be ignored. The debate regarding these divergent points of descriptionion for calcium supplementation will continue until it can be determined if calcium is effective and safe for men and women.

Osteoporosis is a chronic disease that weakens the bones over time as men and women age. In particular, fractures affecting the spinal vertebrae and hip bones are the most debilitating and life threatening. Read more about osteoporosis, updates, and treatment side effects at this site:

Leonard is a blogger researching on medical-legal cases focusing on side-effects resulting from osteoporosis medications. He regularly checks updates on legal multi-district litigations and mass torts involving reported cases of atypical bone fractures or osteonecrosis of the jaw from patients taking bisphosphonate medications such as Fosamax.

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Author: Kathleen Hennis

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