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Vitamin D and calcium supplements: Take them or leave them?

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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