Australian researchers at University of Melbourne have detected an increase fracture and fall rate for those patients treated with a rather bizarre short cut. Patients were give 500,000 units of vitamin D once a year for 3-5 years. Many studies have shown the importance for raising the vitamin D level, but it is now clear that reasonable doses of vitamin D (about 5000 iu) should be on a daily basis. Careful monitoring with blood tests to make sure that the treatment is effective are probably needed.
See Family Practice News (click here), June 1, 2010, p. 20.