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Health Agencies Update
March 22/29, 2006

Calcium and Vitamin D

JAMA. 2006;295(12):1364. doi:10.1001/jama.295.12.1364-b

Additional research from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute–funded Women’s Health Initiative has shown that calcium plus vitamin D supplements in healthy postmenopausal women provide a modest benefit in preserving bone mass and preventing hip fractures, but compliance was important to show a substantial benefit. However, the supplement did not show evidence of preventing colorectal cancer (Jackson RD et al. N Engl J Med. 2006;354:669-683; Wactawski-Wende J et al. N Engl J Med. 2006;354:684-696).

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