Why is vitamin d important in preventing osteoporosis?

Yes. It's important for most people to supplement with calcium and vitamin d for good bone health. A simple blood test can be used to check for vitamin d deficiency.
Calcium absorption. Along with sun exposure, calcium and vitamin d are part of the absorption and utilization of calcium.

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How can vitamin d help to maintain strong bones helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis?

More calcium to bone. Vitamin D improves the absorption of calcium from diet and help the body to place more of the needed Calcium in your bones. Read more...

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...

How to best manage severe, severe osteoporosis? Have tried all types of services, just started Prolia, increased calcium, increased vitamin D.

Varies . It sounds like you are doing the right things. Serial bone density tests can tell if you are responding to current regimen; and if not, there are other options. Regular exercise and avoiding substances that worsen osteoporosis can be helpful as well. Read more...
Ask about Forteo. Ask your physician about Forteo, which is the only osteoporosis treatment which actually builds bone (for the most part, all of the other treatments simply prevent further breakdown of bone). Unfortunately, insurance coverage can be an issue for Forteo, and also it requires a daily subcutaneous injection (a very tiny needle) for 2 years. Add daily walking to your treatment as well. Read more...

What is the difference between osteopenia and osteoporosis? What effect does nutrients like calcium and vitamin d have on these conditions?

Matter of degree. Osteopenia can simply refer to loss of bone substance (density) on x-rays. It can also mean bone loss not severe enough to be called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is density more than 2.5 standard deviations less than normal young people (t score less than -2.5). Osteopenia is T-score of -1.0 to -2.5. Calcium and vitamin d can help, but check with specialist. Other conditions can mimic osteoporosis. Read more...

Been prescription adcal 400iu D3 to take twice daily for vitamin d insufficiency, my levels were 32 nmol/l (in uk) is this too little? I have osteoporosis

Looks good! Your vitamin d level is normal. If the test you had was the 25-hydroxyvitamin d level, this reflects your vitamin d storage. No need to take more. Your doctor should be looking for other reasons why you have osteoporosis at such an early age. By the way, no need to take vitamin d twice daily. Take both pills at once! Read more...

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...

How likely is a severe allergic reaction to vitamin d, calcium, and Fosamax for my osteoporosis? I'm scared to start my therapy cuz of this

Rare. Vitamin D and Calcium should not cause an allergic reaction. That being said even vitamins contain additional binders and other substances which at times can cause a reaction, but it is extremely rare. Fosamax is a class of medications where there is a risk of adverse reaction or side effects, but true allergic reactions rarely occur. Read more...