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Bone Health FAQs

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  • Q : What is calcium?
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    Calcium is an element that occurs naturally. It is present in foods such as milk, cheese and other dairy products, as well as dark green vegetables, broccoli, kale and other dark green vegetables. Calcium in the form of supplements can be taken if calcium levels are inadequate.

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  • Q : Why is calcium important?
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    Calcium is an essential nutrient that helps build and maintain healthy teeth and bones.As part of a healthy diet, adequate calcium throughout life may reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a disease that's characterised by an excessive decrease in bone mass and an increase in bone fractures.

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  • Q : What is the recommended daily calcium intake for women and men?
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    The recommended amount of calcium depends on age, life stage and gender. The Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand (NRV) states adults should take between 1,000-1,300 mg1.

    References:

    1.Nutrient Reference Values (2014), Calcium.Available at: https://www.nrv.gov.au/nutrients/calcium[Accessed 20 January 2016]

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  • Q : Why do I need Vitamin D?
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    Vitamin D is one of many nutrients needed in our body to stay healthy. It is essential for the development and maintenance of bone health. You can get vitamin D from exposure to the sun, from your diet (certain foods) and from supplements.

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  • Q : Why should calcium be taken in conjunction with vitamin D?
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    Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. So in addition to getting enough calcium in your diet through food or supplements, you must be sure to get enough vitamin D as well, to help calcium absorption.

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  • Q : How much Vitamin D do I need?
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    Osteoporosis Australia recommends the following2.

    • At least 600 IU per day for people under 70
    • At least 800 IU per day for people over 70
    • Sun avoiders or those at high risk of deficiency may require higher levels of vitamin D. Consult your healthcare professional for guidance.
    References:

    2.Osteoporosis Australia (2013), Vitamin D position statement – Reviewed October 2013. Available at: http://www.osteoporosis.org.au/sites/default/files/files/Vit%20D%20Position%20Statement%2010%202013%20V2(1).pdf [Accessed 22 January 2016]

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  • Q : How do I know if I am low on Vitamin D?
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    Many people aren’t getting enough Vitamin D to stay healthy. Seeing your GP for a vitamin D test is the only accurate way to test your vitamin D levels.

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  • Q : What Caltrate products are available?
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    Caltrate is available in four formulas, designed to suit different calcium needs – See products page for more details

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  • Q : Can Caltrate calcium be crushed and sprinkled over food?
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    Caltrate calcium tablets are designed to be swallowed whole; however, if needed, you can crush any of the Caltrate tablets and mix them into any of your favourite soft foods. You may also want to try Caltrate Soft Chews as a delicious alternative.

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  • Q : How many Caltrate Soft Chews do you need to take, and when should you take them?
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    For Caltrate Soft Chews, take one soft chew daily.

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  • Q : Where can I buy Caltrate?
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    Caltrate is available in pharmacies and supermarkets Australia wide.

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