Research Is Mixed on the Benefits of Vitamin D Supplements. Should You Still Take Them?
One-half or more U.S. adults over the age of 60 take vitamin D supplements to strengthen their bone health by helping the body absorb calcium.
But a large study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that this popular supplement may not protect them from bone fractures at all.
The study didn’t evaluate the effect of vitamin D combined with calcium supplements, but providers generally prescribe both at once, according to Edward Silverman, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with HCA Florida Mercy Hospital, who was not involved in the study.