The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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In Brief: Calcium and Vitamin D to Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures
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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a Draft Recommendation Statement saying, in effect, that community-dwelling women and men should not take calcium and vitamin D supplements for primary prevention of osteoporotic fractures because the evidence that they are helpful is insufficient and they increase the risk of kidney stones. The Medical Letter has said previously that there is no evidence that patients with an adequate intake of calcium (1000-1200 mg/day) and vitamin D (600-800 IU/day) will benefit from taking supplements.1

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