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In Brief: Calcium and osteoporosis

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Calcium and osteoporosis: "Calcium is beneficial to bone mineral density alone and in conjunction with treatments for osteoporosis" including conjugated estrogen therapy and nasal salmon calcitonin, according to a meta-analysis of 39 trials sponsored by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF). Presented at the Standing Committee on Dietary Reference Intakes' June 9-10 meeting on RDA revision, the review looked at the effect of calcium supplementation on bone mineral density, a predictor of fracture risk. Results were publicized by SmithKline Beecham, maker of Tums with calcium, in partnership with NOF ("The Tan Sheet" May 13, In Brief)...

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