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Whether vitamin D improves bone health has been unclear—that is until now. Early evidence suggested benefit, but a recent systemic review concludes there is no effect on fractures, falls or bone mineral density in primary prevention.
EBM Verdict on: effects of vitamin D supplementation on musculoskeletal health: a systematic review, meta-analysis, and trial sequential analysis. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol 2018;6(11):847–58. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(18)30265-1.
Current evidence does not justify routinely recommending vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures or falls in adults. Further evidence is unlikely to affect this result and guidelines should be amended to reflect this new evidence.
Many prominent bodies have recommended vitamin D supplementation in largely well people for the prevention of fractures.1 Whether this recommendation is correct, however, it has been unclear. That is until now.
In 2016, the Public Health England advised everyone should consider taking a daily supplement of vitamin D in autumn and winter ‘to help …
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