Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Calcium, vitamin D cut stress fractures

Calcium, vitamin D cut stress fractures Associated Press/Yahoo!News 2/14/07 "Very active young women who took higher-than-recommended doses of calcium and vitamin D supplements for eight weeks had fewer stress fractures than women who were given dummy pills..."What really surprised us is that calcium/vitamin D supplements made a significant difference in such a short period of time," said lead researcher Joan Lappe of Creighton University. "Frankly, we were not sure we would see any statistically significant results in only eight weeks."...The body uses calcium to build and repair bones. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. The Creighton University study found that women who took 2,000 milligrams of calcium and 800 international units (IUs) of vitamin D daily had 27 percent fewer stress fractures than those who didn't..."

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