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Vitamin D Role in Reducing Hip Fractures May Be Limited

The role of vitamin D pills in reducing the risk of hip fractures may be more limited than previously thought, according to a study that questions the benefit of the supplements.

The effects of vitamin D tablets taken with calcium in preventing hip fractures may be restricted to institutionalized people, according to an analysis of nine previous studies led by Mark Bolland at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Vitamin D taken on its own didn’t reduce the risk by 15 percent or more in either healthy or hospitalized groups, according to an analysis of 12 studies. The results were published today in the Lancet medical journal.