Taking vitamin supplements can help improve health and avoid diseases. However, people should take in moderation since having too much of certain vitamins in the body could be harmful.
A new study, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, shows a link between the effects of vitamins B-6 and B-12 and the risk of hip fracture. Researchers analyzed data from 75,864 postmenopausal women.
During the study, more than 2,300 hip fracture cases were recorded. All of these injuries did not occur due to major trauma, like vehicle accident, or cancer, Medical News Today reported Monday.
The women who appeared with damaged hips reported a high intake of B vitamin supplementation. Those who took both vitamins B-6 and B-12 had nearly 50 percent higher risk of fracture compared to women with a low intake of the supplements.
The increase is higher when women took vitamins that “far exceeded the recommended dietary allowances,” the researchers said. However, they noted they did not determine how vitamins B-6 and B-12 directly cause the fracture.
The study currently is the first of its kind to focus on the interaction between vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, and hip fractures. The researchers said more research is needed to further understand the link between high vitamin intake and the risk of injury.