Vitamin D Deficiency

Important information on helping to reduce the risk of hip fracture and the role of Os-Cal® supplements with Vitamin D

A landmark clinical study was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health over a 7-year period. The study participants included over 36,000 healthy, postmenopausal women over the age of 50. The results of this landmark clinical study were released in 2006 and showed that those women who took Os-Cal® supplements as directed saw a significant 29% reduction in hip fracture.#

A key learning from this important clinical study is that Os-Cal® supplements can help reduce the risk of hip fracture when taken as directed.

Help Defeat Deficiency

Vitamin D Deficiency and African-American Women

Almost 3 out of 4 women over 50 are not getting enough Vitamin D and African-American women are at an even greater risk. Nearly two-thirds of African-American women mistakenly believe they are getting enough Vitamin D, a key nutrient that plays a critical role in reducing the risks of osteoporosis and hip fractures.

A variety of factors can cause Vitamin D deficiency in African-American women, such as inadequate intake of the nutrient through regular diet. Studies confirm that African-Americans consume the lowest amounts of Vitamin D from food alone among different ethnicities. Also, the high melanin content in darker skin reduces the skin’s ability to produce Vitamin D from sunlight. Experts note that people with darker skin may need 20 to 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned individuals to generate the same levels of Vitamin D.

African-Americans typically have denser bones, so there is a false assumption that calcium and Vitamin D deficiencies bypass this group. The reality is that when African-American women reach midlife, their risk of developing osteoporosis more closely resembles that of Caucasians, and if over the age of 64, between 80 percent and 95 percent of bone fractures among African-American women are due to osteoporosis.

As African-American women age, their risk for hip fractures doubles approximately every seven years, and Vitamin D also requires calcium intake to lend optimal protection against fractures. Research also shows that African-American women are more likely than Caucasian women to die from hip fractures. Only Os-Cal® has been shown to help reduce the risk of hip fracture by 29 percent.#

When used as directed. Based on a clinical trial conducted by NIH in postmenopausal women over the age of 50.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.