Conflicting recommendations and study results are sowing
confusion about whether or not to take calcium and vitamin D
supplements. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently
recommended against taking low-dose calcium and vitamin D
supplements. Not long after, another analysis suggested that
calcium and vitamin D supplements might help older adults live
longer. The issue isn't whether you need calcium, it's how you
should get it. Most, if not all, of your calcium should come from
your kitchen—not your medicine chest. While it's best to get all
nutrients from food, the decision to take supplements should be
individualized based on your diet and your health profile.
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