Wait, HOW much calcium?!

Amy W.
on 7/22/14 1:45 pm - Buckeye, AZ
DS on 11/05/04 with
Dr. Keshishian's vitamin section says to take 500-600mg calcium 3x a day (so around 1500). Someone on the duodenal switch FB forum is going on and on about how critical it is that you HAVE to get in at least 4000 a day ("says the 2 best surgeons in the world and Livestrong website" yada yada yada)
How come I always hear the standard is 1500? Now I'm paranoid!
How much do YOU take, and what do you base it on?

5" 7' -  HW: 328 Current: I stay around 155 :) 
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MajorMom
on 7/22/14 6:53 pm, edited 7/22/14 7:08 pm - VA

I go by Vitalady and she recommends 1800 mg for DSrs as a basic. I have bone density issues so I take 3600 mg of calcium a day with extra magnesium citrate, and boron -- 6 doses of 600 mg calcium citrate in capsule form.

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Valerie G.
on 7/23/14 12:33 am - Northwest Mountains, GA

Dr K's recommendation is a starting point. Bloodwork will tell you if you need more.

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Amy W.
on 7/23/14 11:45 am - Buckeye, AZ
DS on 11/05/04 with
What do I look for on my labs? How does someone know if their calcium is good because their getting enough, or it's good because it's being pulled from their bones?

5" 7' -  HW: 328 Current: I stay around 155 :) 
"...Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing."


 
 
 
 
 
  

Huneypie
on 7/23/14 2:27 am - London, United Kingdom
DS on 07/24/12

I take 4,000mg a day which is 8 x 500mg and I also take magnesium in a 2:1 ratio, so that's 250mg magnesium with each calcium dose.  I have low calcium on that and a little osteopenia, so you'll have to go on your own bloodwork and dexa scan.

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Amy W.
on 7/23/14 11:39 am - Buckeye, AZ
DS on 11/05/04 with
What am I looking for on my blood work specifically (besides calcium)?

5" 7' -  HW: 328 Current: I stay around 155 :) 
"...Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing."


 
 
 
 
 
  

Huneypie
on 7/24/14 2:41 am - London, United Kingdom
DS on 07/24/12

Vitamin D within range as you need this for your bones, both low and high D can be bad.

Parathyroid hormone - if this is too high it means that you're pulling calcium from your bones as you're not absorbing enough.

You should also get a dexa scan.  People normally get them done every 1-2 years.  It's nice to get a baseline and see where you are now.

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PeteA
on 7/23/14 5:45 am - Parma, OH
DS on 04/15/13

I take the standard 1500 - 2000.  3 doses of whatever calcium I'm currently taking - citrical max puts me at about 1900
but I am moving to kirkland and will then decide between 1500 and 1750.

If you already have a calcium issue maybe you would need more right away but otherwise it is like everyone else says - check your
labs before changing the dosages.

jashley
on 7/23/14 11:17 am
DS on 12/19/12 with

I take 2 tablets of 600mg with 1 magnesium at 500mg per dose, 4 times a day. 

I take 2 tablets because 50% of malabsorbtion - so I figure I am getting around 1800mg minimum.

 

 

      

Amy W.
on 7/23/14 11:36 am, edited 7/23/14 11:37 am - Buckeye, AZ
DS on 11/05/04 with
We don't absorb that much at a time! Why do you do that?

5" 7' -  HW: 328 Current: I stay around 155 :) 
"...Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing."


 
 
 
 
 
  

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