Panel to post menopausal women: Don’t take vitamin D, Calcium – USA Today: “A government advisory panel’s recommendation Tuesday that healthy postmenopausal women should not take daily low doses of vitamin D and calcium to prevent bone fractures is a wakeup call to millions of Baby Boomer women that more is not always better.”
“In its draft recommendations, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force also said existing research is insufficient to assess the risks or benefits of taking vitamin D — with or without calcium — to prevent cancer in adults.”
Older Women Should Not Take Calcium, Vitamin D, Task Force – Philadelphia Inquirer
Panel: Postmenopausal women shouldn’t take vitamin D, calcium to prevent bone fractures – CBS News
Government Panel Says Calcium, Vitamin D Won’t Prevent Bone Fractures – USA News & World Report
Vitamin D Doesn’t Prevent Osteoporosis in Healthy Women, Task Force Says – Huffington Post
On and on and on and beat me with a stick! What goes on here? Why has this government panel come out now and what have they really said? US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of Health and Human Services (HHS). Of course this is ultimately your President, but I suspect he does not have a clue as to what is going on with his health agencies. AHRQ is the same agency that provided the package for the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Food and Nutrition Board that says you only need to take 800 IU vitamin D per day. As I have warned you in the past to ignore studies that use such small amounts, the USPSTF review as based on 400 IU vitamin D and 1000 mg of calcium per day.
The Endocrine Society (ES) was bothered by the IOM’s suggestions and said the IOM was wrong. This was based on practice experience where women have much worse osteoporosis and bone fractures with low levels of vitamin D. The ES suggested that 25(OH)D levels be above 30 ng/ml and not the 20 ng/ml suggested by IOM. My sister-in-law benefited from this understanding. She had multiple bone breaks per year and planter fasciitis. After her endocrinologist went to hear Michael Holick speak, he put her on 4000 IU per day of vitamin D and she healed.
The other thing that is alarming about the USPSTF’s suggestions is that all of the news stories are based on a draft recommendation release. In other words, the government is sending up a trial balloon and maintains deniability. I suspect a real recommendation will never come forward. They have accomplished what they had set out to do – keep people from taking vitamin D because its positive effects are already being seen in the health statistics. Shame on you Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary HHS, for allowing markets before mandates! The medical economy is not more important than our health.
By the way, there is a study showing better than twenty five percent improvements in bone density in a year with 5000 IU/d of vitamin D. Beat me with a stick! Ouch! – Pandemic Survivor