New Study Finds Vitamin D Supplements Are A Waste Of Time

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5 October 2018

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If you’ve been taking Vitamin D in hopes it will help your bone density –scientists say it might be a waste of time.

A study published in The Lancet, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand, has found taking Vitamin D supplements has no meaningful effects on bone density.

It’s often recommended all children who are under five as well as older people who are not outdoors often, take vitamin D supplements  - as well as adults during the winter months.

However the study’s authors say this may be a waste of time.

Lead author Dr Mark Bolland, of the University of Auckland said: "Since the last major review of evidence in 2014, more than 30 randomised controlled trials on vitamin D and bone health have been published, nearly doubling the evidence base available.

"Our meta-analysis finds that vitamin D does not prevent fractures, falls or improve bone mineral density, whether at high or low dose.

"Clinical guidelines should be changed to reflect these findings.

"On the strength of existing evidence, we believe there is little justification for more trials of vitamin D supplements looking at musculoskeletal outcomes."

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