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Q. and A. with Dr. Kiskila- This Month’s Topic: Calcium

Kiskila croppedQuestion– Dr. Kiskila, is it a good idea to take a calcium supplement?  If so, who should take them?

Answer– Calcium helps bones and teeth grow and stay strong. People who do not get enough calcium in their diet (food or drink) may need to take calcium supplements. Doctors may want to check your calcium levels to decide if supplements are right for you and know what medications you take to recommend which type of calcium supplement.

Question– I have seen calcium supplements plus Vitamin D.  What does Vitamin D do and is it better to take this combination?

Answer– Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium better and so it is typically better to take in combination.

Question– What are healthy food sources which contain calcium?

Answer– Milk, yogurt, cheese, dairy foods, green vegetables like kale, collard greens, broccoli, and some juices, cereals and soy products have calcium added.

Question– Are there any negative effects from too much calcium?

Answer– Constipation, upset stomach and kidney stones. Taking too much calcium can be harmful. Ask your doctor how much calcium is right for you.

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