Post Menopausal Osteoporosis – Does Increasing Calcium Intake Help?

by Laura Ramirez on July 9, 2011

Post menopausal osteoporosis can cause painful fractures and even permanently disfigure the spine. For many women, the key to treating this condition has been calcium, regular weight-bearing exercise and prescription drugs. For those who think that increasing calcium will further lower their risk of bone fractures, a recent study shows that this is not the case.

If you are already taking moderate amounts of calcium, increasing it will not lower your risk of osteoporosis or fractures when you are older, researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden reported in the BMJ (British Medical Journal). As we get older our bones lose some of their calcium content, thus increasing our risk of developing osteoporosis and/or having fractures…

Further complicating matters is the fact that there are no worldwide standards regarding daily recommended levels of calcium intake. Doctors and researchers in different countries recommend anywhere from 700 mg to 1200 mg per day. It seems that calcium intake above 750 mg per day has no appreciable effect in terms of reducing the risk of fractures in women suffering from post menopausal osteoporosis.

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