USPSTF Draft Recommendation: No Vitamin D, Calcium Supplementation for Healthy Postmenopausal Women – Physicians First Watch

Healthy postmenopausal women should not take daily low-dose vitamin D and calcium supplements to prevent fracture (grade D recommendation), the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said on Tuesday in a draft recommendation statement.

The group says that 400 IU of vitamin D3 and 1000 mg of calcium carbonate taken daily don’t reduce osteoporotic fractures and slightly increase the risk for kidney stones.

In addition, the USPSTF determined there was not enough evidence to make recommendations for or against the following:

  • Vitamin D and calcium supplementation to prevent fractures in men or premenopausal women
  • Higher doses of vitamin D for fracture prevention in healthy postmenopausal women
  • Vitamin D ā€” with calcium or alone ā€” for cancer prevention in adults

via USPSTF Draft Recommendation: No Vitamin D, Calcium Supplementation for Healthy Postmenopausal Women – Physicians First Watch.

About Karen Saint Marie

Hi! I'm Karen Saint Marie. I have worked in the fields of health care, nutrition and mental wellness since 1991. Over the past two decades, I became aware that almost everyone is interested in how to feel better, live better and think better. The problem is, most people find it impossible to prioritize their physical and mental health while juggling family, jobs, and community projects. I have helped many individuals and small groups learn to identify, understand and implement better health and wellness practices. Wellness is a many-fold process. To begin, pick a place to start and get the process going. Being healthy in mind and body doesn't mean spending hours every day focused on healthy living. Instead, it is easier to make healthy living a natural and enjoyable part of our lives. Taking care of our minds means putting the right things in our bodies. It means pushing our minds in fun and explorative ways. Learning about the latest neuroscience and psychological research is helpful. It shows us the easiest ways to keep our brains humming along, well into our later years. Taking care of our bodies means being aware of our movements. It means making good choices for healthy foods, even when we eat out for most of our meals. It doesn't have to be hard, and, it can be a lot of fun. Living a great life doesn't have to come at a high price. It just involves knowing what is needed, and then, doing some small part of that every day. You can contact me at

Posted on July 21, 2012, in Life Extension, Nutritive Medicine. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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