Osteoporosis Prevention With Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements

Dr. John Wade, MD, FRCPC, discusses ways you can prevent osteoporosis.

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Dr. John Wade, MD, FRCPC, discusses ways you can prevent osteoporosis.
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Featuring Dr. John Wade, MD, FRCPC, Rheumatologist

Duration: 1 minute

So osteoporosis û we break down treatment into lifestyle intervention and then medications.

Lifestyle interventions are something that everybody should be doing as we age, and those are primarily dietary and exercise. So the current recommendations for osteoporosis, and probably apply whether you have osteoporosis or not, is you want an appropriate calcium supplementation and Vitamin D supplementation.

So the current recommendations are a total recommendation dose of calcium of 1200 milligrams a day; that's both diet and supplement. So if you have good dietary calcium, you probably don't need to have a calcium supplement.

Vitamin D is probably a little bit more important because we probably don't get enough of Vitamin D in our diet, and probably we should be supplementing, probably not during the summer months û we're exposed to sun, but certainly in the winter months, it's probably recommended that you take Vitamin D. And the current recommended doses of Vitamin D are 1000-2000 units of Vitamin D daily.

If you have questions about osteoporosis, contact a local rheumatologist.

Presenter: Dr. John Wade, Rheumatologist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Rheumatologist

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In a patient that has osteoporosis, the risks of bone fracture are much higher than any risks associated with taking osteoporosis related medications.


A patient who is high risk for bone fractures have a greater than 20% risk of getting a fracture.


Patients with Osteoporosis need to focus more on muscle strength and posture rather than preventing bone fractures.


Bone fractures can cause morbidity as well as mortality.  For example, a woman who gets a hip fracture has a 23% chance of dying in the following 2 years.


A person who gets a bone fracture will have a 40% chance of having another bone fracture at some point in the future. This is one reason it is so important to focus on the prevention of bone fractures.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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