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Vitamin D Supplementation: A Word of Caution

Bernadette M. Marriott, PhD
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National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, MD 20892 Requests for Reprints: Bernadette M. Marriott, PhD, Office of Dietary Supplements, Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 7550 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 610, Bethesda, MD 20892.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1997;127(3):231-233. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-127-3-199708010-00009
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Osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease are estimated to affect more than 25 million persons in the United States [1]. Advances in scientific understanding of the development of osteoporosis and its medical treatment and prevention have been dramatic over the past 10 years [23]. It is now clear that what we ingest and probably our exercise patterns throughout life can substantially affect the incidence, severity, and progression of osteoporosis. A critical component of this picture is the role of nutrition [4].


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