Likelihood of Bone Breaking with a Vitamin D Deficiency
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Dr. Heaney shares if women with vitamin D deficiencies are more likely to fall and break bones.


Vitamin D deficient women are much more likely to fall and break a bone. A marvelous randomized trial conducted by Heike Bischoff about five, six years ago showed that elderly south German women randomized to receive either calcium alone or calcium plus vitamin D at a 50% reduction in fall risk in the vitamin D treated arm relative to just the calcium treated arm, which is not to suggest that calcium isn’t important, but it’s not important for falls, whereas vitamin D is.