Bone Health


Q) Should I take a calcium supplement? I am postmenopausal and healthy but worried about maintaining my bone health.

A) Recent research from New Zealand published in the British Medical Journal investigated all the best studies looking at the relationship between calcium and bone fracture. According to NHS Choices (, the results, counter to previous medical advice, showed that for most healthy people calcium supplements will make little difference to their bone health or risk of fracture. They may also cause side effects such as constipation, kidney stones and, more seriously, an increased chance of heart attack.

Expert advice in the UK is that we need about 700mg of calcium a day to feed our bones, which are constantly being destroyed and renewed. We should get this quite easily from our diet. Good sources are oily fish, nuts, seeds, beans (eg, soya) and pulses (eg, chickpeas), as well as milk, cheese and yoghurt. Read More…