CRN: USPSTF calcium/vitamin D report does consumers a disservice

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CRN: USPSTF calcium/vitamin D report does consumers a disservice
Proposed advice from US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on calcium and vitamin D conflicts with established recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IoM) and the dietary guidelines and does consumers a disservice, says the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

The CRN has now filed nine pages of comments in response to the USPSTF draft recommendations, released last month​, calling for the totality of evidence to be considered.

Taylor Wallace, PhD, senior director, scientific and regulatory affairs told NutraIngredients-USA: “We have put together comments to the task force encouraging them to revise their draft recommendations to be in line with the dietary guidelines and the recommendations from the Institute of Medicine.”

“Any time a government agency comes out with a recommendation it is important,”​ he added, “but the conflict between the task force’s recommendations and those of the IoM and the dietary guidelines has made these recommendation more significant.”

Consistent messaging

Dr Wallace added that consistent messaging about preventive health strategies and practices, including nutrition, is essential for the success of large educational outreach programs.

Dr. Wallace stated, as a result of this draft report and the accompanying media coverage, “…consumers and healthcare providers were left to ponder whether to abandon supplementation with vitamin D and calcium entirely, causing a potential public health threat.”

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Calcium and Vitamin D supplementation overkill is dangerous!

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Calcium supplements with or without vitamin D modestly increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction (BMJ)
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