Weighing In: Should my husband take a calcium supplement?

Heather Reese Health Guide
  • My doctor put me on a calcium supplement when I started going through menopause. I’m wondering if my husband should be on one too now that we’re getting older?

    Heather Reese: Women lose bone mass at a rapid rate after menopause and that is probably why your doctor recommended that you take a calcium supplement. In fact, post menopausal women have the highest calcium needs of any age/gender group. Women who are not on hormone replacement therapy should consume 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day. While men also lose bone during the aging process, they do not lose it as rapidly as women – until age 65. If your husband is over the age of 65 he may want to take a calcium supplement too. But since some research has linked calcium with an increased risk of prostate cancer, your husband should speak with his physician first.
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Published On: January 22, 2007