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    ASBMR Responds to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommendations for Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements

    Date: February 27, 2013

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released new recommendations for the combination of vitamin D and calcium supplements. The USPSTF’s statement, “Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation to Prevent Fractures in Adults,” suggests there is not enough evidence, one way or the other, about how supplements affect bone fractures for men and premenopausal women. The ASBMR continues to support the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2010 findings, rather than the new USPSTF findings.

    The USPSTF report does not offer recommendations for men or women with osteoporosis or with vitamin D deficiency. It also states that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that vitamin D and calcium supplements are effective at reducing bone fractures in healthy postmenopausal women.

     “The ASBMR continues to support the recommendations of the IOM because they are based on a broader evaluation of the data rather than only fracture outcomes,” says Sundeep Khosla, M.D., past president of the ASBMR and a practicing endocrinologist and research scientist at the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minn.

    The USPSTF’s recommendations differ from the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) findings, primarily because these recommendations are based only on fracture outcomes, while the IOM included an examination of the underlying biology of the impact of calcium and vitamin D – such as calcium absorption – which may affect fracture risk as people age.  Read the full ASBMR Press Release for details.