Stress fractures may be reduced by supplementsA research has suggested that women who take vitamin D and calcium supplements, even for a short time, appear to reduce to risk of stress fractures.

The finding was based on evaluation of more than 5,000 female Navy recruits participating in eight weeks of basic training. One group was administered with 2,000 milligrams of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D a day, while the other group received placebos.

The researchers presented their findings at an Orthopaedic Research Society conference.