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i am on prolia for osteoporosis. should i also be taking calcium and how much?

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Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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USPST says no: According to the United States Preventative Services Taskforce, they recommend against daily supplementation with VitD/Ca to prevent fractures, however, they do recommend taking Vitamin D 800 IU per day to prevent falls in women over 65. Should you get good dietary calcium intake and a recommended intake of 1200 mg? Yes. http://tinyurl.com/zgmaqyo
Answered on Jan 31, 2016
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Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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In addition, several women in the Women's Health Initiative study developed kidney stones while taking supplemental Calcium. Up to 1 in every 280 women.
Jan 30, 2016
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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While many doctors will recommend you take supplemental Calcium, the USPST determined that there is no real evidence to support this recommendation. If anything, the reduction in fractures studied in women who take 1200 mg Calcium per day was modest and did not include hip or forearm fractures. See the USPST website for more information on evidence based medicine recommendations.
Jan 30, 2016
Dr. Yvette Westford
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Even if you take a prescription treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis, you still have to get enough calcium and vitamin D daily, especially if you are at high risk for fracture. You need both calcium and vitamin D because they help in different ways. Calcium: 1200 mg daily helps keep bones strong & Vitamin D: 800-1000 IU daily enables your body to absorb calcium.
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