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What calcium supplements may help prevent osteoporosis?

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If you can't get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet, talk to your doctor about supplements.

Calcium supplements come in several types, including:

You should take calcium carbonate supplements with meals, to help your body absorb the most calcium.

If you take calcium citrate, you don’t need to take it when you eat.

  • Calcium citrate
  • Calcium carbonate

SOURCES:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Calcium and Vitamin D."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Calcium Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet,” "Vitamin D Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.”

Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, professor of medicine and director, Bone Metabolism Laboratory, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston.

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 31, 2018

SOURCES:

The National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Calcium and Vitamin D."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, the Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York.

Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health: “Calcium Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet,” "Vitamin D Fact Sheet for Health Professionals.”

Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, professor of medicine and director, Bone Metabolism Laboratory, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston.

Reviewed by Trina Pagano on October 31, 2018

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