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1. Osteoporosis

Currently one in four women and one in eight men over 50 have osteoporosis. Nearly one-third of all women and

one-sixth of all men will fracture their hips in their lifetimes. Women’s mortality rates from osteoporatic fractures are

greater than the combined mortality rates from cancer of the breast and ovaries. Up to 20 percent of women and

34 percent of men who fracture a hip die in less then a year from complications secondary to these fractures (e.g.,

pneumonia).5

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Meschino Health Comprehensive Guide to Minerals

A large number of clinical trials have shown that Calcium supplementation slows the rate of bone loss after

menopause and in conjunction with resistance training, can also increase bone mineral density even in women not

taking hormone replacement therapy. Very strict protocols have been established regarding strength training and

the accretion of bone density for this age group.4,5,6

In general, a variety of Calcium supplements (carbonate, citrate, citrate-malate, chloride, gluconate, lactate,

Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite Concentrate (MCHC)) have demonstrated an ability to retard age-related bone loss.

The key factors appear to be to meet the NIH Calcium intake recommendations from food and/or supplementation,

ingest supplements with meals, perform weight bearing or weight resistance exercise 4-6 times per week, and

ensure adequate serum Vitamin D levels. All of these factors enhance Calcium absorption and/or Calcium

retention in bone.4-7