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Why take hrt? vitamin d is just as good, and safer
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Despite the concerns about HRT, the drug is still very actively prescribed, particularly to postmenopausal women with increased risk of osteoporosis

Despite the concerns about HRT, the drug is still very actively prescribed, particularly to postmenopausal women with increased risk of osteoporosis.

But there's a better way, as new research has discovered. Instead of running the gamut of side-effects of HRT, how about taking vitamin D supplements instead?

A study from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England, found that even a low level of supplementation dramatically reduced the risk of fracture in both women and men.

A group of 2,686 people aged between 65 and 85 were given either a placebo or 100,000 IU of vitamin D, which they took once every four months for five years. The vitamin D group had dramatically fewer fractures than the placebo group - and nobody reported any side-effects from the vitamin.

(Source: British Medical Journal, 2003; 326: 469-72).


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