Vitamin D supplements fail to show bone benefit in elderly

The pills didn't lead to change in bone structure or density

In another blow for vitamin D supplementation in healthy adults, findings from the largest population-based trial to date have found no bone mineral density advantage compared with taking a placebo.

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Researchers from the VITAL trial, of almost 26,000 adults unselected for vitamin D insufficiency, have reported on a subgroup of 771 participants who had not been on any bisphosphonates or other bone active agents for two years prior to enrolment.

They found daily supplementation with 2000 IU vitamin D3 (without calcium) did not increase bone