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Vitamin D and calcium are essential in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. What dosage of vitamin D which is the ideal one, is not yet clear. We want to test the hypothesis that high dosage of vitamin D (i.e. 6500 IU/d) is better than standard dosage (800 IU/d) in a randomized double-blind trial. We will include 400 postmenopausal otherwise healthy women with T-score <= -2.0 in L2-4 or mean total hip. Everybody will receive calcium 1000 mg and vitamin D 800 IU every day. Half of the group will also receive vitamin D 40 000 IU/week, while the other half will have placebo. The study period is one year.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
50 Years to 80 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
bone mineral density in L2-4 or mean total hip with T-score <= -2.0
current use of bisphosphonates, PTH-analogs, estrogen, SERM, p.o. steroids or use of any of these agents last year
serum creatinin >110 umol/L
systolic blood pressure >175 mmHg or diastolic blod pressure >105