Vitamin D May Cut Stress Fracture Risk in Girls

by drsjbecker on March 23, 2012

Preteen and teenage girls whose diets are rich in vitamin D may be at lower risk for stress fractures, particularly if they are involved in high-impact activities, according to a new study.

Researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston followed over 6,700 girls, ranging in age from 9 to 15 at the start of the study, over the course of seven years. The study, published in the March 5 online edition of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, found nearly 4 percent of the girls developed a stress fracture during the follow-up period.

The investigators noted that vitamin D intake was associated with a lower risk for stress fracture, and they found that this link was stronger among girls who participated in at least one hour of high-impact activity every day.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=662369

HealthDay (healthday.com) – by Mary Elizabeth Dallas – (Monday, March 5, 2012) –

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