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Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills

WASHINGTON — Healthy older women should not take relatively low-dose supplements of calcium and vitamin D in hopes of maintaining strong bones, according to recommendations from a government advisory group.

Both nutrients are crucial for healthy bones and specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good diet. The body also makes vitamin D from sunshine. If an older person has a vitamin deficiency or bone-thinning osteoporosis, doctors often prescribe higher-than-normal doses.

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