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Vitamin D, Calcium and Its Effects on Kidneys

Posted Sep 26th, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team
For women, knowing what supplements to take and how much of them to consume is oftentimes a confusing and challenging process. For years, women have been told to supplement their diets wit Vitamin D and calcium in an effort to prevent age-related bone loss. But a recent study by The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that it "recommends against" low-dosage supplements of vitamin D and calcium for the prevention of fractures in postmenopausal women.” The recommendation went on to say that there is no evidence to support that it prevents bone fractures, and it instead, may increase a women’s risk of developing kidney stones.

In light of this recent finding, many medical experts believe that patients are better off if they get their daily recommended calcium and vitamin D from their diet. The best nutrition approach is to eat certain foods that contain both vitamin D and calcium. This is advantageous because Vitamin D is needed for the proper absorption of calcium. Food sources that represent this two-pronged approach are fish and seafood, particularly salmon, sardines and mackerel. Other good sources are fortified orange juice, sea vegetables and certain kinds of greens, like collard greens.

If you are concerned about the current dose of calcium and Vitamin D you take, speak with your medical provider so that he or she can modify your supplement routine and diet to maintain your optimal bone health.