Treating osteoporosis without bone hardening calcium

Posted by harris51 @harris51, Oct 14, 2023

I am using normal calcium supplement s with C D Iron Mag. Plus Zinc Copper Manganese Potassium silicon boron K2 for osteoporosis in my spine. I’m lifting weights exercising and adding foods high in calcium. Does anyone else not want to use the bone hardening calcium. I have heard a lot of creepy stuff about it.

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@harris51 I don’t know what bone hardening calcium is. My endocrinologist advised me to try and get a minimum of 1200mg of calcium per day through food sources. If I don’t do that then I take calcium citrate (400mg) with food. He advised that I do not take more than 400 mg at one time or it won’t be absorbed properly and always take with food.

I also lift weights and work with a personal trainer. I walk a minimum of 60 minutes per day and when winter arrives I’ll be x-country skiing a few days a week.

Where did you hear about bone hardening calcium?


YesI am with you......i cannot be convinced that these array of drugs can be good since there are so many side effects ! It seems once one commits its forever and if you opt out there is a risk of fractures retcetera !!!


What is bone hardening calcium?


Check with "Dr. Google" about bone hardening calcium...Isn't all calcium supposed to
strengthen bones? The amt should make the difference.


The calcium phospate I'm familiar with is hydroxyapatite. After I read that it has been found in calcified cadaver cardiac valves (human), I quit taking it. What else have you heard? I'm content with calcium citrate. And the endocrinologist I see says to take it before going to bed because we lose calcium overnight. He encourages less than 400mg because we probably don't absorb more than that. I only take 250mg at a time for fear of athersclerosis.


The problem with taking too much calcium at once is that when blood levels spike, the calcium may be deposited in your arteries and not your bones. Some medications and supplements such as K2 and D3, help direct calcium to your bones where it can be used to make new bone. Most just preserve old bone cells that would otherwise be broken down and reabsorbed. However, the calcium that is released through bone breakdown is especially prone to migrating into walls of the arteries, causing "hardening of the arteries." I don't quite understand your post because hardening of the bones is what we want. It might not be a good idea to take a lot of calcium if you cannot have some confidence that some of it will be deposited in your bones. Of course, it is also used by the brain and other tissues in the body as well as the teeth. Even if you don't want to take medication, a doctor might be able to explain the process more clearly that I can so you can make a fully informed decision.


Thanks, imay. I didn't realized that "calcium released through bone breakdown is especially prone to migrating into walls of arteries." That's a significant reason to take calcium before a Forteo injection.
About the hardening of bones--it has been speculated that increased bmd in cortical bone is undesireable because some porosity is needed for flexiblilty with impact. So some of the drugs that tout greater increase in bmd, acutally increase fragility. Calcium hydroxyapatite is considered (by some) to form a tighter bone matrix, thereby "hardening" the bone.
I only use calcium citrate. I am not an expert and can verify nothing.

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