Do you prescribe calcium supplements?Created by:
Since I started medical practice, I did not take up the habit of prescribing any form supplements unless it is written in a practice guideline or if there is a clear indication i.e. folic acid supplementation for pregnant women. There are a lot of times that aging women ask for calcium supplementation to prevent osteoporosis, but I usually refuse to prescribe this. I always advise them to take liberal amounts of food rich in calcium such as milk, cheese etc. Current available evidence for calcium supplementation are contradicting. Some promote it together with vitamin D supplementation for prevention of osteoporosis for people age 50 and above, while some studies criticize this because of unwanted side effects. In fact, a new study links calcium supplementation to increasing the risk factor for dementia in women. Do you prescribe calcium supplements and which subset of patients of patients benefit from it?