Vitamin D may help prevent bone loss

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vitamin D supplements may not stop bones from deteriorating with age -- but calcium might.

Researchers at Winthrop University Hospital studied more than one hundred women who were either given high doses of Vitamin D, a normal dose of calcium, a combination of both supplements, or no supplements at all.

They found those taking calcium alone experienced a drop in bone turnover -- which is what happens when the body breaks down old bone.

However, Vitamin D did not have any effect on bone turnover.

If the body breaks down bone faster than it can replace it, osteoporosis develops.

Researchers say it appears Vitamin D helps bones absorb calcium, but it does not improve bone health on its own.

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