Recently I had a patient whose spine had lost 10% of its Bone Mineral Density (BMD) since her last DXA. She has lost height in the last year. She has 3 new Vertebral Compression Fractures on her VFA. At 61 she is literally falling apart. She has severe osteoporosis. Her medical history form tells why.
She does not consume milk, or yogurt, or cheese, or calcium fortified orange juice or any veggies with Calcium in them. She will not take Calcium pills or even Calcium -rich Adora Premium Chocolates. She simply cannot have good bone health without some source of Calcium. She had me stymied……..until she admitted she liked Gummies!
We now have Calcium Citrate Gummies for Grammies as well as for kids. The Calcium Citrate is important because she takes a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) antacid and because she snacks rather than eats meals. Those details make “regular Calcium” (Carbonate) much less likely to work.
Grammie Xxxxx is going to Take Control Naturally with Calcium Citrate Gummies and megadose Vitamin D3. She will probably need osteoporosis medication too, having let herself go this far before gobbling gummies. Whatever it takes.
Jay Ginther, MD