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Straight Talk about Calcium

Scientific studies have shown that regular exercise and a Calcium-rich diet can build and maintain good bone health, which may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body and is needed daily for a variety of functions like muscle contraction, blood clotting and nerve function. When there is not enough Calcium for these bodily functions, our body takes the necessary Calcium from our bones. Hence, weakening our bones.

The Need for Calcium Supplements Increases After Age 40

The chart below illustrates the rapid decline in bone mass that occurs in women over the age of 40. This loss in bone mass is partially due to the drop in estrogen associated with menopause. Taking Calcium supplements can help to slow the loss in bone mass.

Bone mass begins to decline more rapidly after about age 40.
The calcium in Caltrate can help slow down this bone loss.

Osteoporosis related fractures have been recognized as a major health problem in the elderly. With longer life expectancy, Malaysia is expected to have a growing number of elderly individuals. The common sites of fracture are the spine, wrist and hip. Hip fractures are associated with high morbidity and a mortality rate of up to 20% in the first year. Majority of those who survive are disabled and only 25% will resume normal activities.