Calcium and Vitamin D Intake Prevent Osteoporosis

Calcium and Vitamin D Intake Prevent Osteoporosis

Beyond Bone Health: Calcium and Vitamin D Together Found Effective for Diabetes – When taken together, calcium and vitamin D intake significantly increase bone health and help prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.

05.09.06 — Beyond Bone Health: Calcium and Vitamin D Together Found Effective for Diabetes
By Greg Arnold, DC, CSCS, April 12, 2006, abstracted from “Vitamin D and Calcium Intake in Relation to Type 2 Diabetes in Women” in the March 2006 issue of Diabetes Care

When taken together, calcium and vitamin D intake significantly increase bone health and help prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.  These fractures result in 500,000 hospitalizations, 800,000 emergency room visits, 2.6 million physician visits, 180,000 nursing home placements, and  nearly $18 billion in healthcare costs each year.1  Dosages for calcium and vitamin D in different studies have ranged from 500 mg calcium and 700 IU vitamin D2 to 800 mg calcium and 400 IU vitamin D.3Now a new study4 has found that this bone-healthy combination may also help prevent another illness that currently costs our healthcare system more than $132 billion each year5: type 2 diabetes.In the study, researchers measured calcium and vitamin D intake every 2-4 years for 20 years in nearly 84,000 women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and had no history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer.  When taken separately, women consuming 400 IU vitamin D per day from supplements had a 13% lower risk of diabetes compared to women consuming less than 100 IU per day. Women taking greater than 1,200 milligrams per day of calcium were 21% less likely to get diabetes compared to women who had intakes less than 600 mg per day.

But it was when the two supplements were taken together that the greatest protection against diabetes was observed.  Women who combined a daily intake of greater than 1,200 mg calcium and greater than 800 IU vitamin D had a 33% lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with an intake of less than 600 mg and 400 IU calcium and vitamin D, respectively.

For the researchers, “The results of this…study suggest a potential beneficial role for both vitamin D and calcium intake in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.”

Greg Arnold is a Chiropractic Physician practicing in Danville, CA.  You can contact Dr. Arnold directly by emailing him at mailto:ChiroDocPSUalum@msn.com or visiting his website www.CompleteChiropracticHealthcare.com

Reference:

1  Gass M.  Preventing osteoporosis-related fractures: an overview.  Am J Med. 2006 Apr;119(4 Suppl 1):S3-S11. Review

2  Harris SS.  Effect of calcium and vitamin D supplementation on bone density in men and women 65 years of age or older.  N Engl J Med. 1997 Sep 4;337(10):670-6

3  Pratt T.  Bone mass and density response to a 12-month trial of calcium and vitamin D supplement in preadolescent girls.  J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2003 Mar;3(1):63-70

4  Hu FB.  Vitamin D and Calcium Intake in Relation to Type 2 Diabetes in Women.  Diabetes Care 29: 650-656
5  Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2002.  Diabetes Care 26: 917-932

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