According to the results of a clinical trial involving about 1,100 Sacramento area women, calcium and vitamin D supplements help preserve bone mass.
"In the women over the age of 60, which is where we see most fractures, there was a decrease in fractures in women who took supplemental calcium."
UC Davis Health System researcher John Robbins says they found a 30% decrease in fractures. He says the only drawback from the supplements is an increased risk of kidney stones.
"I’m not sure which you’d prefer to have, a fractured hip or a kidney stone, but either way it’s not good."
Weaked bones, or osteoporosis, is a major cause of disability and death. The results of the study are published in the latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.