Mega-dose vitamin D may cause bone loss

The study raises the possibility of harm for healthy women taking supplements to prevent osteoporosis, the authors say

High-dose vitamin D supplementation in healthy postmenopausal women can result in significant loss of bone mineral density, a Canadian study suggests.

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The University of Calgary-led team assigned 311 men and women aged 55-70 to daily 400, 4000 or 10,000 IU vitamin D3 supplementation to assess sex- and age-related changes in bone density and strength in the forearm and shin.

All participants were vitamin D-sufficient at study initiation and had total volumetric bone mineral density (BMD) measurements taken via high-resolution peripheral