Also, if you are unhappy with your doctor, by all means, get a 2nd opinion (or 3rd). Dr’s make mistakes all the time…
Also, it’s very important to note that the experts(1) say that: Long-term supplementation, without monitoring, may have serious consequences… (Note: Do not take more than 1,000 IU of vitamin D without testing and supervision by a knowledgeable healthcare practitioner.
They recommend 1,200-2,400 mg of calcium daily with magnesium at half that dose as well in conjunct to supplemental Vit D. They say that if your diet is high in protein, calcium lactate or carbonate is probably a better source of calcium. I’m not sure I understand this completely, but I guess I’ll take their word for it. They also say: Make the effort to split up your daily dose. Do not take all your calcium and magnesium once a day. A higher percentage of the calcium dose is absorbed if delivered in smaller, more frequent amounts.
It’s very important to realize that they recommend that Vitamin D supplementation should never be suggested unless calcium intake is sufficient or supplemented at the same time… Vitamin D will also enhance the uptake of toxic metals like lead, cadmium, aluminum and strontium if calcium, magnesium and phosphorus are not present in adequate amounts. Vitamin D supplementation should never be suggested unless calcium intake is sufficient or supplemented at the same time.
Consider something like this: www.sperti.com/home/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=82
Interesting post, I haven’t seen a doctor in the last several years and that info on vitamin D sparked my interest. I recently began supplementing with 4k IUs five weeks ago now that I am not getting very much sun – although, I have no idea what my calcium intake is at. I eat a lot of cottage cheese and peanutbutter; I imagine it’s average. Is it worth it to supp with calcium?
My instinct is to say yes, but I’m no expert, and I do not pretend to be one. I simply share the information if I find it to be credible. However, the recomendations I shared above are the recomendations that I truest.
But I’d say it’s impossible to nail down an answer without going to a doctor, and requesting a blood test. Everytone is different in the amount of calcium they absorb, but Vit D does increase calcium absorption, although the increased calcium uptake will turn to your bone supply if you don’t get enough from food/supplements.
I imagine if you use the recomendations above, you would PROBABLY be just fine. To use the recomendations above, of course, you have to have a fairly reasonable estimate of your Ca and Mg leves from your food and other supplements before you decide to just add a certain additional amount.
I hope that helps.