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Vitamin D jabs fail to protect

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Annual injections of vitamin D fail to reduce bone fracture rates among older patients, according to a four-year study to appear in the Journal of Rheumatology.

Annual injections of vitamin D fail to reduce bone fracture rates among older patients, according to a four-year study to appear in the Journal of Rheumatology.

University of Southampton researchers studied 9,440 people aged over 75, half of whom received an intramuscular vitamin D injection and half a placebo.

They found no significant difference in osteoporotic fractures between the groups. ‘Although vitamin D insufficiency is common in older people, the most effective means of correcting this would be by oral daily calcium and vitamin D supplements,’ they said.

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