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Do calcium supplements help prevent osteoporosis?

Do calcium supplements help prevent osteoporosis?

No: Absorption of calcium is greatly influenced by the presence or absence of other micronutrients. Calcium can decrease the rate of bone loss, especially in the elderly and in the presence of adequate levels of vitamin d. However, those with excessive bone loss would need an appropriate anti-osteoporosis therapy to prevent bone loss and fractures. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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What is the best calcium supplement for acute osteoporosis?

What is the best calcium supplement for acute osteoporosis?

Calcium and Vit D: If osteoporosis is severe you should be on medication ie bisphosphonate (ie fosomax, forteo. Calcium with vit d is good supplementation. Should have your calcium level checked by urinylsis and d3 level by blood testing. Your primary care physician should be able to advise you. ...Read more

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Can I counteract potential osteoporosis family history by taking calcium supplements?

Can I counteract potential osteoporosis family history by taking calcium supplements?

One answer: Calcium and vitamin d supplements certainly are a part of reducing bone loss. Depending on your age, a DEXA or bone denstiy test may be in order to measure your bone density and see if bone loss is present. If so, other therapy may be indicated. Also weight bearing exercise is important in helping maintain bone density. ...Read more

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My 60 yo mom has osteoporosis. Does she need to take magnesium too along with her daily calcium supplements even if her magnesium blood level is fine?

My 60 yo mom has osteoporosis. Does she need to take magnesium too along with her daily calcium supplements even if her magnesium blood level is fine?

No: Magnesium is not needed. She should take vitamin D3, about 3000 units/day, in addition to calcium. However, the evidence for the effectiveness of these treatments is not very strong. If she can exercise, she should do weight bearing exercise. Even walking half hour a day will be helpful. ...Read more

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Dx osteoporosis & vit d insufficiency, take vit D3 & ca supplements (500mg citrate), can ca supplements be the cause to raised serum calcium?

Dx osteoporosis & vit d insufficiency, take vit D3 & ca supplements (500mg citrate), can ca supplements be the cause to raised serum calcium?

Yes: Calcium supplements can potentially raise the serum calcium level, but in an otherwise healthy person they would typically not do so. The bigger question is why a 26 year old person would have osteoporosis, and it usually would take more than a vitamin d deficiency; if you haven't had one a thorough work up by an endocrinologist would be indicated. ...Read more

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I have kidney stone and osteoporosis what calcium supplement i s best if any?

I have kidney stone and osteoporosis what calcium supplement i s best if any?

two are okay: Calcium citrate and calcium lactate. Both ultimately could increase citrate in urine which is a good thing. But need to have 24 hour urine follow up to make sure calcium excretion in urine is not substantial. ...Read more

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My 64 years old mom’s bone density reading is -4.0 (osteoporosis level). How much calcium she need to supplement per day?

My 64 years old mom’s bone density reading is -4.0 (osteoporosis level). How much calcium she need to supplement per day?

Not much: Calcium is only 1 mineral in our bones, and we need mg, boron, silica, vanadium etc plus d3 & k2 plus several hormones to make bones grow. ...Read more

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If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?

If a person has osteoporosis due to severe vit d deficiency will calcium supplement helps to increase bone density?

Osteoporosis: If your doctor has not recommended calcium along with vitamin D you might need a doctor who knows a bit more about osteoporosis. Together these meds will help control your bone health but you might also need osteoporosis medicine. Please call the International Society for Clinical Densitometry at 860-259-1000. They will point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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Will taking calcium and vitamin k supplements cure osteoporosis and prevent fractures in an otherwise healthy 86 year old lady?

Will taking calcium and vitamin k supplements cure osteoporosis and prevent fractures in an otherwise healthy 86 year old lady?

No: It will neither cure nor prevent fractures. Protective hip covers, fall precautions may help. Use of phosphates will be individualized at 86 ...Read more

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I am trying to find supplements for sev.Osteoporosis, are vit k2, chia seeds, vit d3, vitamin C magnesium & calcium safe & beneficial for bones?

I am trying to find supplements for sev.Osteoporosis, are vit k2, chia seeds, vit d3, vitamin C magnesium & calcium  safe & beneficial for bones?

Yes: These are good choices. Some calcium & magnesium supps are much better absorbed than others- i like calcium citrate/hydroxyapatite & mag. Taurate/glycinate/citrate. Your dose of calcium & magnesium should be roughly equal. About 5000 units of d is good with 15 mg (not mcg) of vit k2. Consider strontium & boron. See www.Drdach.Com/wst_page6.Html. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lang
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Calcium Supplements (Definition)

Typically babies get plenty of calcium from breast milk or formula. Whenever they don't, for instance for babies with galactosemia, calcium supplementation is important to support ...Read more