A major study has found that Vitamin D doesn’t help in building bone density and preventing fractures and falls in older patients. The study has recommended that doctors stop prescribing Vitamin D supplements to most patients.
The vitamin has long been thought to be beneficial in improving bone health by helping the body absorb calcium and in certain other ailments, like hypertension.
But the study’s authors discount this thinking, saying there is “little justification” in doing so as far as bone health is concerned, reports CNN.
30Our meta-analysis finds that Vitamin D does not prevent fractures
The study builds on earlier ones that reached similar conclusions.
The study, published in the “Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology,” analyzed data from 81 randomized controlled trials involving more than 53,000 subjects. The research sought to find out whether over-the-counter Vitamin D supplements helped in fractures, falls, and bone density. Most trials included women 65 years of age or older.
Critics of the Lancet study said that too few subjects in it had Vitamin D deficiency – patients who would stand to gain most from Vitamin D supplements.
The other criticisms of the trials in the meta-analysis are a low sample size and brief treatment spans.
The impact of Vitamin D supplements has long been debated, with people still unclear about the consequences of discontinuation in case of those with deficiency.