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Calcium supplements to cure Osteopenia - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   Hello
Doctor :   i am Dr here
Doctor :   please proceed with your query
User :   Hi Doctor, I am a 30 year old female
User :   i had a bone densitometry and BMI check done today
Doctor :   ok
User :   I have been diagnosed with Osteopenia with a T Score of -1.2
User :   I want to seek your advice on the Calcium supplements i should take
Doctor :   suer may i know your age please
User :   I have one 3 year old daughter and will be planning to conceive in the next one month or so
User :   i am 30 years old
Doctor :   ok
User :   BMI is 20.1 which I think is normal
Doctor :   yes it is
User :   I want to seek your advice on the Calcium supplements i should take
Doctor :   and as for your calcium intake
Doctor :   you need to have 1000 mg per day
User :   can you suggest tablets etc
Doctor :   also have the following food in your diet
Doctor :   Green leafy vegetables, fish and their bones, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium
Doctor :   you can take any calcium tablets available at the chemist shop at your area the most important thing is the dose
User :   shelcal 500?
Doctor :   yes you can 2 tabs a day
User :   how long should i take it for - how many months
User :   s it ok to take it with iron
User :   like folvite
Doctor :   yes you can take it with iron too. there is no problem
User :   one doctor suggested me today that calcium carbonate (shelcal) does not get absorbed easily and i should instead try calcium citrate?
Doctor :   but like i am stressing you should also have food rich in calcium
Doctor :   you can try citrate
Doctor :   there is no harm
User :   can you please suggest a medicine name
User :   also is citrate better than shelcal
Doctor :   yes citrate is good
Doctor :   you can got for it
Doctor :   medicines have different trade names according to the region you live in
User :   i am in
User :   citromacalvit?
Doctor :   as long s its from a reputed company its ok
Doctor :   yes it ok
User :   ok thank you very much
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   bye bye
Doctor :   bye
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