To the Editor Calcium, vitamin D, or combined calcium and vitamin D supplements were associated with a lower fracture incidence in community-dwelling older adults in a systematic review and meta-analysis.1 The authors suggested that these findings did not support the routine use of these supplements in community-dwelling older people.
Calcium plus vitamin D supplementation has been widely recommended to prevent osteoporosis. Therefore, the research question should be whether calcium, vitamin D, or combined calcium and vitamin D supplements are associated with a lower incidence of osteoporotic fracture in community-dwelling older adults. There are many reasons for fracture. Falls is an independent factor influenced by living environment, eating habits, disease, age, and balance, among other factors.
Tu W, Wang H, Liu Q. Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements and Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults. JAMA. 2018;319(19):2042–2043. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3915
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