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Medical News & Perspectives
February 2, 2011

IOM Endorses Vitamin D, Calcium Only for Bone Health, Dispels Deficiency Claims

JAMA. 2011;305(5):453-456. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.50

If widespread deficiency of vitamin D is a “silent epidemic” plaguing North America, as some researchers have warned, then a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report has just restored us to good health. The majority of persons in the United States and Canada are getting enough vitamin D and calcium to maintain bone health, concluded a committee of 14 scientists charged by the US and Canadian governments with updating the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for the 2 interrelated nutrients.