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Osteoporosis and Calcium (cont.)

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 of calcium along with 600-800 IU (international units) of vitamin D. A doctor can measure levels of calcium 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.

For More Information About Osteoporosis and Calcium

National Osteoporosis Foundation
1232 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037-1292

International Osteoporosis Foundation

National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center
2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2016

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