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26 May

PPI's and calcium absorption
My medical aid does not cover osteo simply because we could not afford it, but I have read quite a bit about not absorbing calcium if a person is on PPI for stomach ailment. How can I ensure my calcium intake is sufficient and get treatment for osteoporosis as our medical aid option excludes osteo treatment. Your advice is appreciated.
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Healthy Bones
Healthy Bones

31 May

Hi there
Longterm PPI use can affect calcium metabolism and absorption from the gut and a calcium citrate supplement is probably the best alternative -  although a calcium carbonate is ok as long as you take it with a meal and as far away from the PPI as possible (i.e after supper).
Also remember an adequate vit D intake of at least 400 - 800 IU/day.
You can also send me an email with your DXA results and I can give you a more informed answer! tereza@iafrica.com
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