High Doses Vitamin D May Prevent Fractures

Daily high dose vitamin D supplementation is effective in preventing fractures in the elderly according to researchers at Tufts University.
They studied data from 11 randomized trials ‰ÛÓ comprising more than 31,000 older adults ‰ÛÓ investigating vitamin D supplementation and fractures.åÊ
“Taking between 800 IUs and 2,000 IUs of vitamin D per day significantly reduced the risk of most fractures, including hip, wrist and forearm in both men and women age 65 and older,” Tufts University researcher Bess Dawson-Hughes, M.D.åÊ
‰ÛÏImportantly, we saw there was no benefit to taking vitamin D supplements in doses below 800 IUs per day for fracture prevention.”

Existing Institute of Medicine guidelines recommend that adults between 51 and 70 take 600 vitamin D IUs per day, and that adults over 70 take 800 IUs per day. This study suggests needing more. Check with your physician.