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Topic: Benefits of Calcium Before Bed?

Forum: Bone Health and Bone Loss —

Talk with others about bone density, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and ways to keep your bones strong

Posted on: Jul 31, 2017 05:57PM

peggy_j wrote:

Benefits of Calcium Before Bed


Dx 2/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 31, 2017 07:32PM Linwentz wrote:

interesting! I take calcium, but not at bedtime. And I do have trouble sleeping. SI think I will take one tonight & let you know what I think!

Dx 7/12/2017, DCIS, Left, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 7/28/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 9/22/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 10/23/2017 Whole-breast: Breast
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Aug 1, 2017 12:18AM - edited Aug 1, 2017 12:19AM by ChiSandy

I take 600 mg. of calcium citrate in the morning and again at bedtime (plus D3, K2 and magnesium). If you aren't taking an acid blocker for reflux, calcium carbonate (generic Tums) is much cheaper and tastes better. I also like a glass of milk as a nightcap. (Calcium-fortified almond milk is a good substitute if you don’t do dairy). Eat sardines or canned salmon—including the bones.

Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters.... Dx 9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)
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Aug 16, 2017 10:36PM peggy_j wrote:

I had a phone consultation with my MO's dietician. After much discussion on other issues, I asked about the calcium at bedtime idea and she had never heard of it.

Like everyone, she advocates spacing out your dosage, that it's better to get it from food than supplements, and that you want to take calcium with Vit D (at the same time) so the D helps the calcium get absorbed. She thought 1200-1400 or 1500 was a good range for total calcium intact---from food and supplements. Too much can cause problems too. (Even too much Vit D can cause problems. She said aim for 30-50 in your blood Vit D test. There has been no proven benefit over 50. Above 70 patients start having problems)

FWIW, I also asked her about black coffee (vs coffee with milk). When I read that coffee/caffeine can leach calcium, I started taking 1/2 a calcium citrate table (166.5 mg) with my black coffee (I don't eat breakfast until much later). She thought that was fine.

Dx 2/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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