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    Senior Member Sh0rty's Avatar
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    more vit. ques.

    If you take calcium pills, do you still need to take vit D? How many calcium pills a day is good to take? I don't really drink as much milk as I should.

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    try Caltrate that should help

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    Calcium supplements should be combined with vitamin D, which is needed to "drive" calcium into the bones. We don't really know if calcium supplements or vitamin D help for the specific osteoporosis of SCI, but this is how it works for ABs with osteoporosis. You can get calcium supplements that already have vitamin D included in them.

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    thanx, can osteoporosis be avoided, or is it something everyone in a wheelchair is screwed to get? I was just wondering if there is a way to prevent brittle bones....

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    Most people with SCI get osteoporosis unless they are pretty incomplete and have active muscle contraction in their legs and walk more than they use a wheelchair. Passive standing (such as with a standing frame) alone does not seem to help, nor does the use of medications alone (either calcium or drugs such as Boniva or Fosamax). The best evidence is for the combined use of the latter drugs and FES. Studies have shown that the benefits stop when the FES is stopped though.

    Some encouraging studies are going on currently with the use of a vibrating plate under the feet while standing. The jury is still out to determine if this is a therapy for both prevention and treatment.

    (KLD)

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