Health Watch - Supplements: Calcium

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about supplements you may need to get all the nutrients your body requires. Women who have gone through menopause need extra calcium to help protect their bones from weakening. Does this put them at a higher risk for kidney stones?

Healthy postmenopausal women aren’t at a higher risk for developing kidney stones when they take a calcium citrate supplement. Dr. Khashayar Sakhaee, chief of mineral metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says women who are at risk for kidney stones and who need additional calcium should take both calcium citrate and potassium citrate supplements. Taking both supplements together provides additional protection against kidney stones. Check the label on your calcium supplements to see which kind they are. Calcium citrate is more readily absorbed than other forms and doesn’t raise the risk for kidney stones.


May 2011

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