Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, which keeps your bones strong. Some recent studies suggest that taking extra vitamin D can have other health benefits, but the evidence to date has been unclear.

Medical experts held a conference at NIH to take a closer look at the scientific evidence on Vitamin D. They reported their conclusions in August 2008.

The strongest evidence suggesting other benefits from more vitamin D is for older people. Several clinical studies found that additional vitamin D can improve bone health and prevent falls in elderly men and post-menopausal women. The experts say they don't yet have enough information to know if extra vitamin D might help people of other ages.

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