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Vitamin D and Calcium No Longer Recommended for Postmenopausal Women

There have been many conflicting reports over the last decade regarding vitamins and supplements and the latest advisory by the US Preventative Task Force is certain to add to the confusion. The task force, who drew criticism recently when they advised against prostate cancer screening for healthy men, has now advised against increased doses of vitamin D and calcium for postmenopausal women.
While some studies have suggested that increased doses of vitamin D and calcium reduce the risk of certain cancers, including pancreatic, breast and prostate, the advisory panel found these studies to be inconclusive. They also sited increased risk of kidney stones as further evidence that more is not necessarily better when it comes to these supplements.

 

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