Vitamin D and calcium not all it's cracked up to be

Preventive health group changes its advice on supplementation

Vitamin D supplementation does not prevent falls and calcium pills do not prevent fractures.

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But there is evidence that long-term use increases the risk of kidney stones.

That’s the latest word from the US Preventative Services Task Force.

It has updated its previous recommendations on calcium and vitamin D supplements for community dwelling, asymptomatic older men and postmenopausal women.

It's recommending against the use of vitamin D and calcium supplements in low doses — 400 units of vitamin D or 1000mg of calcium.

This advice is