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The following conclusions were reached:

  • There is no case for global, population-based approaches. A case can be made for targeted approaches with respect to calcium and vitamin D in high-risk subgroups of populations, i.e. those with a high fracture incidence.

  • In countries with high osteoporotic fracture incidence, a low calcium intake (i.e. below 400-500 mg per day) (15) among older men and women is associated with increased fracture risk.

  • In countries with high fracture incidence, increases in dietary vitamin D and calcium in the older populations can decrease fracture risk. Therefore, an adequate vitamin D status should be ensured. If vitamin D is obtained predominantly from dietary sources, for example, when sunshine exposure is limited, an intake of 5-10 mg per day is recommended.

  • Although firm evidence is lacking, prudent dietary and some lifestyle recommendations developed in respect of other chronic diseases may prove helpful in terms of reducing fracture risk. These include:

    • increase physical activity;
    • reduce sodium intake;
    • increase consumption of fruits and vegetables;
    • maintain a healthy body weight;
    • avoid smoking;
    • limit alcohol intake.

  • Convincing evidence indicates that physical activity, particularly activity that maintains or increases muscle strength, coordination and balance as important determinants of propensity for falling, is beneficial in prevention of osteoporotic fractures. In addition, regular lifetime weight-bearing activities, especially in modes that include impacts on bones and are done in vigorous fashion, increase peak bone mass in youth and help to maintain bone mass in later life.


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