Calcium supplementation: the bare bones

Wark, J. and Nowson, Caryl 2003, Calcium supplementation: the bare bones, Australian prescriber, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 126-127.

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Title Calcium supplementation: the bare bones
Author(s) Wark, J.
Nowson, Caryl
Journal name Australian prescriber
Volume number 26
Issue number 6
Start page 126
End page 127
Publisher Australian Government Publishing Service
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0312-8008
Keyword(s) osteoporosis
diet
vitamin D.
Summary An adequate calcium intake is an essential part of the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Two to threeserves of calcium-rich foods each day provides sufficient calcium for most non-pregnant adults. If this target is not achievable, calcium supplementation is generally effective, cheap and safe for most people. Calciumcarbonate(without vitamin and mineral additives) is the preferred supplement in most cases. Problems with calcium absorption arise due to factors including high·fibre vegetarian diets, achlorhydria, long·term glucocorticoid therapy and vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common in some ethnic groups and the elderly who are housebound or in residential care. These at risk groups generally require vitamin D supplementation to achieve adequate intestinal absorption of calcium.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2008, RMIT Publishing
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