Do you need more Calcium if you
Most women are aware that a good intake of dietary calcium
helps protect bones as you age.
Research from Rutgers University shows that one specific
group of women may be underestimating just how much calcium
they need. The Rutgers study found that a daily intake of
calcium in excess of 1,200 mg may be a necessity for
postmenopausal women who are trying to lose weight.
The Rutgers team examined
calcium metabolism to estimate the amount of the mineral
that's actually absorbed by postmenopausal women
attempting to lose weight by combining an exercise
program with a restricted calorie diet.
In a trial of nearly 60 women,
researchers found that women who exercised and reduced
their calorie intake absorbed considerably less calcium
than women who didn't diet or exercise. Women in the
diet/exercise group required 2,000 mg of calcium per day
to prevent bone loss.
But simply upping the calcium supplement dosage may not be a
good solution for everyone. Calcium binds acids, which may
cause indigestion. Talk to your physician about
supplemental calcium, and be alert to potential digestive
problems if you decide to increase your dose.