Early Vitamin D Means Less Breaks Later for Girls

Drinking that whole milk might not be so bad after all. Researchers at Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine have found that more vitamin D early on means less stress fractures for teenage girls.

Stress fractures, which occur with repeated stress to the bone, rather than one immediate stress, were studied among 6,712 girls–ages 9 to 15–over seven years. Close to 4 percent developed stress fractures, and 90 percent of those girls were involved in daily physical activity that included high-impact exercise.

Researchers found that the top 20 percent of girls with high vitamin D intake were 52 percent less likely to develop a stress fracture than the girls in the lowest 20 percent. The study found that neither calcium nor dairy intake had an effect on increased risk.

However, keep in mind there are conflicting studies when it comes to vitamin D intake. A summary by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force found that vitamin D alone does not prevent fractures and also that there is not enough evidence that there is any link between the vitamin and cancer prevention.

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