Most peri- and postmenopausal women do not get enough vitamin D or calcium in their diets to promote healthy bones. Calcium also has beneficial effects on several nonskeletal disorders, primarily hypertension, colorectal cancer, obesity, and nephrolithiasis.
The North American Menopause Society recently reviewed he role of calcium in peri- and postmenopausal women. The optimal calcium intake for most postmenopausal women is 1,200 mg/day. Vitamin D intake of 30 ng/mL or more is required to achieve the nutritional benefits of calcium. The society emphasizes that "average calcium consumption is far below the amount recommended for optimal bone health, and many U.S. healthcare providers do not recommend calcium supplements." They add that, based on the available evidence, there is strong support for the importance of ensuring adequate calcium intake in all women, particularly those who are peri- or postmenopausal.
Please consult with your chiropractor regarding any vitamin supplements you are taking. They can help you achieve the best possible nutritional results for good bone health. To learn more about the benefits of calcium and other nutrients, visit www.chiroweb.com/find/archives/nutrition.
North American Menopause Society. The role of calcium in peri- and postmenopausal women: 2006 position statement of the North American Menopause Society. Menopause, Nov.-Dec. 2006;13(6):862-77.