Osteoporosis Prevention

February 7, 2010

Taking Calcium is important to prevent osteoporosis but Vitamin D is beginning to emerge as an important supplement to protect against osteoporosis BUT also protects against certain cancers and support healthy heart function. When taking Calcium, doses of  600 mg twice a day is recommended (if you have never had kidney stones).  Buy a Calcium supplement which has Magnesium which helps prevent constipation in most cases.  Vitamin D dosing is usually 1000 to 2000 IU daily.  It is a good idea to have your Vitamin D level measured with a simple blood test.  Patients who are deficient are being prescribed Vitamin D  50,000 IU in a one time weekly dose.  Or, you can be sure to get 15 minutes of sun daily which is the more natural way of activating Vitamin D through your skin.  (Just take your Vitamin D until summer gets here!!!)