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.
Strontium. Strontium, d3, vitamin k, boron, vanadium, magnesium, zinc all are just as important. Calcium alone may help harden your arteries.. Must take with magnesium, and the other things mentioned help a lot. Strontium is extremely important as well.

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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...

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...

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...

Would Vitamin k2 supplements help prevent osteoporosis on warfarin? I know this would need INR monitoring

See below. Taking vitamin K would negate the effects of warfarin. If you need to take warfarin, you should not take vitamin k. Do not change your medications without discussing it with your doctor who prescribed warfarin. Wish you good health. Read more...

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

Vit D and calcium. Vitamin D and calcium may help in reducing falls and could help in preventing fractures. Read more...
Most likely not. At 86, an elderly lady is prone to osteoporotic changes in her bones due to hormonal changes that come with age. Calcium, Vit K as well as Vit D supplement are being used by millions of people but they are rarely curative but more preventative against serious complications. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Osteoporosis. A healthy diet with the right amount of natural calcium and vitamin d as well as weight bearing exercise (like walking) are the most important things you can do. Read more...