[The results of the study - Calcium supplementation as a part of basic therapy of osteoporosis is more than a routine step]

LAKATOS Péter, SPEER Gábor, DOMBAI Péter, ZAJZON Gergely

DECEMBER 23, 2011

LAM KID - 2011;1(03)

[Calcium intake is considered the base therapy of osteoporosis treatment. It is known that in case of inadequate calcium intake, specific anti-osteoporotic drugs are inefficient. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the alimentary and supplementary calcium intake among Hungarian osteoporotic patients, using a nationwide representative survey. Patients with osteoporosis were enrolled in the study. We determined the total alimentary calcium intake and the average supplementary dose. In some cases, total calcium intake was lower than recommended, in other cases it was significantly higher than that. In some cases, bone density showed a positive correlation with calcium intake. Vitamin D supplementation complied with current recommendations.]



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