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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182a98274
Osteoporosis: Diagnosis and Management

Vitamin D and Calcium: What Do We Need to Know?

ZHANG, VINCENT MD*; JIANG, XUEZHI MD, FACOG*,†; FARUKHI, YOUSAF Z. MD; ROSEN, CLIFFORD J. MD; SCHNATZ, PETER F. DO, FACOG, FACP, NCMP*,†,§,∥

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Abstract

This chapter provides a summary of the literature including results from large trials, meta-analyses, and recent major recommendations. Two well-accepted and recent recommendations include those from the Agency for Health Research and Quality on calcium and vitamin D supplementation and from the Institute of Medicine’s dietary reference intakes for calcium and vitamin D. This review suggests that there is strong evidence for synergistic roles of calcium and vitamin D in maintaining bone health in postmenopausal women, but the correlation between vitamin D alone and bone health is overall inconclusive.

© 2013, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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