Okay to take more calcium than recommended?

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Question from Magdalena: What can happen if we take more calcium than what you have recommended? I have osteoporosis.
Answers - Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D. Women with osteoporosis are often advised to take higher doses of calcium and also to take more vitamin D than what is recommended for the general population. Vitamin D is recommended because it helps with absorption of calcium. There's one very large clinical trial that is ongoing now to test the effect of calcium and vitamin D on fractures due to osteoporosis, and the results of that trial will be out in two years. But until that time, most physicians are recommending that women with osteoporosis do get a high dietary or supplemental intake of calcium and vitamin D.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Some women experience constipation from calcium, so if you take higher than the usual doses, this may become an issue for you. If you have any problems with your kidneys or form kidney stones, you need to talk to your doctor before you take supplemental calcium to make sure it's right for you.

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