Posts Tagged ‘Calcium Citrate’
A patient had no idea why her doc sent her to me for a Complete Bone Health Evaluation. As a “baby-boomer”, she lives by the motto: “You are only as old as you choose to be.” And she chooses to remain young. If only it were possible…..
“I can’t have Osteoporosis. I used to drink milk. I am active and I plan to stay active!!! So I just can’t have Osteoporosis!” Unfortunately, she does have Osteoporosis by BMD on her DXA, by the multiple Vertebral Fractures on VFA, and by FRAX. Still, there are simple steps to rescue her Bone Health before she Fractures.
Increasing numbers of patients are reluctant to consider pharmaceuticals for their Osteoporosis and Fracture Risk. You may agree with that. If you do you MUST be prepared to Take Control Naturally of those issues you can control: Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein, Vitamins and Minerals, and Exercises for Balance, Strengthening and Posture.
These Natural measures are things that everyone should do for best results, whether taking Osteoporosis Medications or not. For some individuals they can be enough by themselves.
The goal of Bone Health Evaluation and Treatment is Fracture Prevention! DXA and Bone Mineral Density (BMD) are useful tools for evaluation. But DXA and BMD are only one out of many tools for bone health evaluation. DXA t-score and BMD should never be the sole goal of treatment.
As an orthopedic surgeon, my goal is always Decreasing Fracture Risk. In the USA we sometimes seem to have forgotten that real goal. We focus too much on DXA t-scores. We should focus on the patient. We should treat “Clinical Osteoporosis”. The patient deserves a complete Bone Health evaluation.
Once again we are warned of the dangers of calcium supplements. Once again those studies cited prescribed supplements without regard to total calcium intake, including diet. What matters is total calcium intake, including diet.
I prescribe a lot of Calcium Citrate for my patients. I would prefer not to. Dietary Calcium is more easily digested than supplements, and appears to hold fewer dangers than Calcium Carbonate or other calcium supplements. Unfortunately, we have lost our taste for calcium rich foods. There are tasty choices.