Osteoporosis and Calcium (cont.)
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Treatment With Calcium
A diet that includes adequate calcium and vitamin D is essential. Recommendations for people with osteoporosis include a daily dosage of 1,200 mg-1,500 mg of calcium along with 400-800 IU (international units) of vitamin D. A doctor can measure how much calcium is in the blood and urine, how much vitamin D is in the blood, and make suggestions to ensure that the correct dosages are taken.
Calcium may also boost the power of other osteoporosis treatments, such as hormone replacement therapy. Bone mass is significantly greater in women on hormone replacement therapy who consume more calcium.
Coburn Hobar, MD
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