Osteoporosis Australia's statement regarding calcium intake
Osteoporosis Australia does not agree with the position put forward by the authors of papers recently appearing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in relation to calcium, as they do not represent the full body of evidence.
Greg Lyubomirsky, CEO of Osteoporosis Australia said, “Our Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee continues to support the recommended dietary intake of calcium at the levels currently recommended by the NHMRC, the organisation which sets national guidelines. Our position on calcium supplement use is clear – it is only required when dietary intake is low and should be limited to 500-600mg per day.”
Greg said, “In terms of overall bone health: vitamin D, exercise, a family history of osteoporosis and other risk factors can all impact on your bone health. The most critical recommendation is that individuals who have already had a fracture due to osteoporosis need to be treated with medication to prevent the next fracture.”