If you are a woman, who has reached menopause, a friend or even a doctor has told you that you should take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent broken bones. When they told you, they did not know they were giving you bad advice.
Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USP STF) reported that the combined dose 400 IU of vitamin D and 1000 milligrams of calcium has absolutely no impact on the risk of fractures in women completed menopause.
Congress created the USPSTF in 1984. It is made up of research experts and medical doctors independent of other agencies and is charged with evaluating the latest evidence-based science studies and making recommendations for patient care based on their findings. There are 16 members of the panel.
Among the panel’s conclusions were that taking the supplements had no beneficial effect on postmenopausal women there was evidence that taking the supplements in these high doses even lesser amounts had no significant medical impact other than a marginal increase in the likelihood of developing kidney stones.
The panel says their recommendation does not apply to women who have been diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency or osteoporosis— they should continue taking their supplements.
The cost per month for taking both supplements is around $10. While this is not much it is over hundred dollars per year, and the only thing being enriched is your toilet. Vitamins and minerals your body does not need are usually excreted in the urine.
As a rule, you should not be fooled by any information that is on the label of vitamins and food supplements. The only thing on the label that is definitely true is the following statement:
“These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”