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Doctor insights on: Vitamin D Or Calcium For Bones

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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What does calcium or vitamin d do for bone health?

What does calcium or vitamin d do for bone health?

Calcium/Vit D3: You need sunlight to convert cholesterol in your skin to vit d3 which your body uses to bring calcium into the bones. Not enough calcium and your bones become brittle, not enough d3 and you get 'soft' bones/rickets which can lead to fractures. If you are low then take d3 wait one hour then eat 2 non fat yogurts 2x/day. Each yogurt gives 800mg of calcium. ...Read more

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Alternative medicines for osteoporosis include vitamin d and calcium pills?

Alternative medicines for osteoporosis include vitamin d and calcium pills?

Possibly: Although there are studies showing that calcium and vitamin d slow the loss of bone after menopause, recent studies have been suggesting that taking calcium supplements is not the same as getting calcium through foods in your diet. Calcium supplements may be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, whereas high calcium diet is not. At your age you should be concentrating on diet. ...Read more

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Why does vitamin D need calcium and phosphorus?

Why does vitamin D need calcium and phosphorus?

To make bone mineral: vitamin D's job is mostly to help your gut absorb calcium well from the food you eat so if there is little or no calcium in your diet vitamin D is not that helpful. And calcium works along with phosphate to form a mineral called hydroxyapatite which is hard and gives bones much of their strength. ...Read more

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Is milk good for strong bones or should i. Take a vitamine d and calcium supplement?

Yes and No: Milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin-d. But milk also has saturated fat in it, which is harmful. So drink mild but not regular one, use low fat milk especially if you are overweight(but you can drink regular milk if your are skinny). ...Read more

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Can vitamin d help with bone growth?

Can vitamin d help with bone growth?

Without it....: You cannot absorb calcium from the GI tract. That is the mechanism for vitamin d and bone growth. Without it, you have soft bone, which causes rickets in children, and osteoporosis in older individuals. Receptors for 1/25 /d line the calcium absorptive area of the small intestine! ...Read more

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My vitamin d level is 18 ..why vitamin d supplement gives me horrible muscle cramps ..should I take calcium with vitamin d or take vitamin d only ?

Unusual response: This is a very unusual reaction to Vit D. You are more likely to be reacting to the other ingredients in the supplement so look for a pure Vit D3 with minimal additives. Most adults need 5-8000 iu/day to get optimal levels of 50-80. You probably don't need calcium unless your diet is low in calcium but it is wise to take Vit K with Vit D. Muscle cramps may be caused by low Magnesium. See comment: ...Read more

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Does calcium and vitamin d and biotin help in growth ?

Does calcium and vitamin d and biotin help in growth ?

Not at your age: If you are deficient in calcium and vitamin D during your growing years, you may have some impairment in bone development. Even then the effect is not dramatic and they certainly won't make much difference at age 20. As for biotin, there is some suggestion that it may improve nail and hair growth although there has been no scientific proof on this. ...Read more

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Do familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia patients respond to taking vitamin d supplements with an increased calcium, or is the calcium level stable?

Do familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia patients respond to taking vitamin d supplements with an increased calcium, or is the calcium level stable?

No Change....needed?: In fbhh, the problem lies in the parathyroid perception of ca concentration. The ca sensing receptor (casr) doesn't sense the ca level correctly, resulting in PTH being elevated and kidney resorption increasing. While ca-vit d increases abdominal absorption, it doesn't change the underlying error. Additionally, these patients do not get kidney stones/osteoporosis at an increased rate (asympt). ...Read more

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Can i just take 5000 units of vitamin d without calcium or should I take calcium with vitamin d 5000 units?

Can i just take 5000 units of vitamin d without calcium or should I take calcium with vitamin d 5000 units?

Less D: As a male, you should be able to get sufficient calcium from your diet as long as you drink milk and eat dairy and veggies without problems. 2000 units of vitamin d3/day is all you really need, some will be in your diet. You won't find calcium with 5000 units of d, as that's excessive and not allowed to be sold. ...Read more

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What is better for bones? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

What is better for bones? Calcium carbonate or calcium citrate?

Either ok: Either form of calcium is reasonable to take as a supplement. Choose a form that you won't mind taking as some are definitely more palatable than others. Calcium citrate may be somewhat better absorbed as calcium is best absorbed with some acid. In general, what is more important is to space out your calcium consumption throughout the day as possible since if you take all your calcium at one time it is not well absorbed. ...Read more

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What problems have to do with vitamin d deficiency other than rickets, osteoporosis and osteomalacia?

What problems have to do with vitamin d deficiency other than rickets, osteoporosis and osteomalacia?

Malabsorption: Certain malabsorption syndromes can lead to this. Also certain areas in the world who lack essential vitamins. Also people who do not eat a healthy diet. All adults should take 1000 international units of vitamin d daily. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Is magnesium needed for vitamin D absorbtion as cofactor?

Is magnesium needed for vitamin D absorbtion as cofactor?

Magnesium is not: needed for absorption of D but it is good for muscle cramps, aches, and headaches. D is is needed as a co-factor for absorption of calcium, which is what you may be thinking of. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Could foot pain be associated with vitamin D defficiency? If so should I supplement both vitamin D and calcium or just vitamin D?

Could foot pain be associated with vitamin D defficiency? If so should I supplement both vitamin D and calcium or just vitamin D?

Foot pain could be: From vitamin d deficiciency.....if you have one, but the pain can also be from something else. You shouldn't play doctor you should see one. You lso should not indiscriminately take vitamin d without knowing your levels as to much can be toxic. ...Read more

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What does calcium or vitamin d do for bone health?

Calcium/Vit D3: You need sunlight to convert cholesterol in your skin to vit d3 which your body uses to bring calcium into the bones. Not enough calcium and your bones become brittle, not enough d3 and you get 'soft' bones/rickets which can lead to fractures. If you are low then take d3 wait one hour then eat 2 non fat yogurts 2x/day. Each yogurt gives 800mg of calcium. ...Read more

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Our bodies start growing from the day we r born, bones require calcium, phosphorus, vitamin d etc..To grow.How do nerves of the body grow?What they need?

Our bodies start growing from the day we r born, bones require calcium, phosphorus, vitamin d etc..To grow.How do nerves of the body grow?What they need?

Nutrition-genetics: Like the rest of the body, our brain and nerves need good nutrition (vitamins, minerals, fats, etc). Ensure intake of all nutrients, especially some fats that contain cholesterol (without excess) and vitamin B12 (present in animal products). If vegan, supplement your diet with vitamin 12. Last but not least, our genetics influence big time.In how our brain and nerves develop. ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Dr. Randy Baker
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Vitamin D (Definition)

Vitamin d is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more