If you’re at risk for osteoporosis, diet is a major concern. To reduce fracture risk associated with osteoporosis, calcium and Vitamin D supplementation are worth considering.

People over 50 who take daily calcium and vitamin D supplements can reduce their risk of fractures by almost one-fourth, according to a new study by Australian researchers. The study, a meta-analysis of 29 studies that collectively tracked the use and effectiveness of calcium and calcium with vitamin D supplements in 63,897 people, was published in the British medical journal The Lancet

Not surprisingly the greatest reduction in fractures was seen in people who took the supplements most – at least 80 percent – of the time. Taking supplements less often than that cut the benefits in half. 

To help prevent osteoporosis, calcium supplementation is important. The optimal time to begin taking the supplements is around 50, when bone loss begins to accelerate, the analysis showed. A regular daily dose of 1,200 milligrams of calcium with 800 international units of vitamin D provided the best therapeutic effect.