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HIGH DOSE VITAMIN D

ANCHOR LEAD: MANY ADULTS ARE KNOWN TO BE DEFICIENT IN VITAMIN D, BUT A SINGLE YEARLY DOSE ISN’T THE ANSWER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Vitamin D levels are too low in many of us, with low levels associated with weaker bones and a higher risk for fractures, particularly as we age.  Yet even those who know they need supplements often don’t take them, so could a single megadose a year be the answer?  No, a study published recently in JAMA concluded, with women who received the supplement at higher risk for fracture than those who didn’t.  Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.

BELLANTONI:  Well first of all who thought to give 500,000 units?  It’s so megadose, what were they thinking is my first reaction.  And my concern is that people will read that and stop taking what I call the Goldilocks approach, just right.  Not too much, not too little, but that type of article does a lot of harm in the field.  We have been spending a lot of time trying to educate people that the old RDA is no longer effective because we avoid the sun and we wear sunblock and more older adults right now are deficient.  :30

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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