If you're a woman over age 50, you have a 50 / 50 chance of experiencing an osteoporosis related break at some point.
You might have heard your doctor warn about that and advise calcium supplements. That has been the standard for so long. But now, new recommendations indicate most women will not see a benefit from the pills. And, for some, too much calcium could be harmful.
The U-S Preventive Services Task Force is recommending against the popular practice of calcium supplements after menopause. Dr Glen Wera, a urologist at UH Case medical Center explains "For many average patients additional vitamin d and calcium may not reduce the risk for an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime." Their studies found no benefit in calcium pills for postmenopausal women.
Instead, the supplements increased the risk for kidney stones. It is all controversial, with exceptions here and there, but doctors still agree on one thing, the best source of calcium is easily available in your diet -- since milk, yogurt and leafy greens pack a high calcium punch.
Also, getting 15 minutes of sun a day and eating fish a few times a week can boost your vitamin d levels. But talk to your doctor because he or she may still recommend supplements.
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