ASBMR Releases Media Statement on December 26, 2017 Washington Post Article: “Calcium and vitamin D supplements may not protect against bone fractures”
Date: January 04, 2018
On December 26, 2017 the Washington Post published an article on the JAMA article, “Association Between Calcium or Vitamin D Supplementation and Fracture Incidence in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” Jia-Guo Zhao, MD; Xian-Tie Zeng, MD; Jia Wang, MD; Lin Liu, MD. The ASBMR urges caution to patients, their caregivers, and physicians regarding the new findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found no clear benefit in the use of vitamin D and calcium supplements in older adults who live in the general community. It is critical for all to understand that this analysis focuses only on healthy adults. The results of this study do not apply to people with osteoporosis or other metabolic bone diseases or to people taking bone protective medications. For them, adequate calcium intake and vitamin D status needs to be ensured for their medications to be effective in preventing fractures. Read the full ASBMR Media Statement here.