Your Health: 2-26-13 Preventing fractures

      If you're trying to prevent broken bones, this is information you should know.

      U.S. Health officials now say healthy older women should not take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent fractures

      The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in healthy adults lower doses of calcium and vitamin D seem to be ineffective; as for higher doses that is still up in the air.

      The new recommendations do not apply to people who are known to be vitamin D deficient or who already have osteoporosis.

      The report says don't take low doses of daily supplement less than 400 IU of vitamin D and less than 1000 mg of calcium after menopause have no benefit.

      The study appears in the Annals of Internal Medicine.