Calcium & Vitamin D
Calcium is a mineral. It is important for healthy bones. Vitamin D is important because it helps the body absorb and use calcium.
Taking Calcium & Vitamin D
Calcium supplements are taken with each meal (2-3 times per day). Vitamin D is taken only once a day.
Your doctor will advise you on how much calcium and vitamin D to take.
Natural Sources of Calcium
Calcium is available in dairy products. As a general rule a glass of milk (1 cup), a small container of yogurt, or a piece of cheese the size of a thumb will provide about 300 mg of calcium.
Natural Sources of Vitamin D
The most natural way to get vitamin D is by exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is made in the skin when it is exposed to the sun. Milk is also often fortified with vitamin D.
Important Tests and Risks
Patients who have osteoporosis or other conditions where bone density is a concern should ask their doctor about Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing.
Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Calcium & Vitamin D in a short video: