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Doctor insights on: Calcium Supplements Prevent Osteoporosis

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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. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

Supplements is also known as Vitamins and supplements. 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


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What is a better source of calcium to prevent osteoporosis?

What is a better source of calcium to prevent osteoporosis?

Diet/exercise: Best thing to prevent osteoporosis is routine exercise... Many calcium supplements out there...Find one with vitamin d. Dietary calcium with dairy products is a good base. ...Read more

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Do you know of other natural sources of calcium to prevent osteoporosis in the elderly ?

Do you know of other natural sources of calcium to prevent osteoporosis in the elderly ?

C below: To avoid osteoporosis, u need adequate ca, v-d, and lots of wt bearing exercise. Ca is ca take ur pick. ...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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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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What's the story with calcium supplements are they good (prevent bone trauma) vs. Or bad (heart attack risk)?

What's the story with calcium supplements are they good (prevent bone trauma) vs. Or bad (heart attack risk)?

Depends: Too much calcium can possibly encourage deposition in the arteries. Limit calcium supplementation to about 500 mg daily, and balance it with magnesium. You will also get calcium from food. ...Read more

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Is there something I could do naturally to prevent osteoporosis, without drugs?

There are several: A diet rich in calcium (dairy, dark green vegetables, fortified foods) and vitamin d (fish, eggs, liver, fortified foods) can help. A little sun exposure stimulates your skin to make vitamin d. Avoid or limit smoking, alcohol, and sodas. Muscle building exercises stimulate bones to take in more calcium. Many prescription meds can cause bone loss; talk to your doctor about these. ...Read more

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What guidance would you provide to someone to prevent osteoporosis?

Diet and exercise.: Assuming there are normal menstrual periods a calcium intake of 800-1000 mg daily from food and/or supplements and about 1000 units vitamin d3 daily should help prevent bone loss. Moderate weight bearing exercise, avoidance of cigarettes and modest amounts of alcohol would also help. ...Read more

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


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