|Question from: 7/7/97|
Answer: Calcium supplements are essential for optimum bone density both in the teen age years and in the post menopausal years. Maximum bone loss occurs in the first 7 - 10 years after menopause. Calcium carbonate and calcium citrate are equal in their effect on bone density although calcium citrate may be more easily digested and absorbed. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium and is particularly important in northern climates where there is not a much sunlight in the winter months. (studies in Sweden have shown increased bone loss during the these months) Vitamin D alone has no effect in preventing fractures, but in combination with calcium there is a definite effect on fracture rate.
However, estrogen replacement therapy greatly enhances the beneficial effect of calcium and Vit. D in preventing bone loss. Finally, magnesium can be of benefit in bone mass preservation in elderly individuals who have a magnesium deficiency, but has little effect in middle aged individuals on adequate diets. Naturally it makes sense to take a vitamin supplement that has Vit. D, Vit. C Vit. K, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc.
additional information was provided by Lori
Alexander, MSHS, R.D., L.D. (phone 828-5555).
For more information see, Calcium Supplementation.
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