Strong Bones: Supplements and Kidney Stones

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about maintaining strong bones. One key to bone health is getting enough calcium, and supplements can help. Can these supplements cause side effects?

Some kidney stones are made up of calcium, and that may make some people worry that taking calcium supplements could raise the risk for developing kidney stones. Dr. Khashayar Sahkaee, chief of mineral metabolism at U-T Southwestern Medical Center, says healthy postmenopausal women taking calcium supplements aren’t at increased risk for developing kidney stones. Taking a potassium citrate supplement along with the calcium can provide even more protection against kidney stones. This two-supplement approach allows postmenopausal women to take the calcium supplements they need to maintain strong bones without having to worry about the risk for kidney stones.

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November 2011

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