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Vitamin D – But Not Calcium – Lowers Risk Of Stress Fracture Among Young Girls

March 5, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A seven-year U.S. study of preadolescent and adolescent girls has discovered a link between vitamin D intake levels and a lower risk of developing stress fractures, especially among girls active in high-impact activities. The researchers found no lessening of stress fracture risk linked with calcium intake, however, despite that fact that consumption of calcium and calcium-rich dairy products is routinely recommended for optimal bone health. They also noted that their findings support the Institute of Medicine's recent increase in the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D for adolescents from 400 IU/d to 600 IU/d.
Kendrin R. Sonneville et al., "Vitamin D, Calcium, and Dairy Intakes and Stress Fractures Among Female Adolescents", Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, March 05, 2012, © American Medical Association
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