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Watch Out: Seniors may not need extra vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements, the current darling of the supplement world, is likely a waste of time for people over the age of 70 worried about maintaining their bone health, despite the fact that this age-group is often strongly urged by their health care providers to take this supplement for their bone health.

But according to a British study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in which the 400 study participants aged 70 and older who were randomly selected to take 3 different doses of vitamin D for a year, there was no beneficial effect on bone mineral density for any of the study subjects from the added vitamin D.

Looking at the brighter side, though, there was also no deleterious effect on anyone from the vitamin D even at the highest dose in this study (1200 iu/day).

Also important to note is that the only effect they were looking at was the one on bone mineral density, not the effect on at any other health problem, although I would say that if vitamin D is not effective for bone health in seniors, the easiest effect to measure and study and certainly the most well-established (in theory, anyway) over the years, it’s pretty unlikely to make much of a difference for any other health problem.