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Synergy TipsCalcium supplements linked to decreased trunk fat gain in postmenopausal women

We’d like to share with you the results of an interesting study involving postmenopausal women and the effects an increase of calcium had on them.

Researchers at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha recently reported that four years of calcium supplementation was associated with a reduction in trunk fat gain and increased maintenance of trunk lean mass in postmenopausal women compared to those who received placebos.

According to the study, Dr. Lan-Juan Zhao and colleagues analyzed data from 870 postmenopausal women who participated in a population-based, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial designed to evaluate the effects of calcium and vitamin D on osteoporotic fractures.

In that trial, the women were divided to receive one of the following daily regimens: 1,400 milligrams calcium from calcium citrate or 1,500 milligrams calcium from calcium carbonate per day plus a placebo; calcium plus 1,100 international units (IU) vitamin D3, or two placebos for up to four years. Weight, body mass index, trunk fat, and trunk lean mass were measured at the beginning and end of the study, and dietary calcium and habitual calcium supplementation by the participants was assessed.

Although body mass index did not differ significantly between the groups at the end of the study, both groups that received calcium gained less trunk fat and maintained a greater amount of trunk lean mass compared to the placebo groups. Significant differences were not observed between subjects who received calcium only and those who received calcium plus vitamin D.

The authors noted that trunk fat tends to increase with age. "Our data indicate that higher calcium intake prevents the accumulation of trunk fat, and helps to preserve trunk lean. Lean mass (mostly skeletal muscle) is a key site for energy metabolism. These effects collectively lead to the beneficial effect of reducing the risk of obesity."

Our own findings at Synergy -- which treats women in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore, Richmond, Virginia, and North Carolina -- correlate with this study. Calcium is an essential element in the body, and most women do not receive enough calcium in their diet. Three dairy servings per day is a wonderful way to increase your calcium while raising your intake of lean protein from the dairy sources.

We also find that calcium supplementation is beneficial for bone health and reducing PMS symptoms. Current recommendations are 1200 mgm per day in divided doses with other essential elements such as magnesium, boron, silicon and vitamin k.

Feel free to call us if you have any questions about calcium, calcium supplements and your wellness.

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Synergy, located in Chesapeake, Virginia, is an integrative medical center for women that combines the best of traditional and holistic medicine. We specialize in integrative treatments for postmenopausal women, menopause, sleep disorders, fatigue, loss of energy, calcium, calcium supplements,digestive problems, gynecologic problems, and chronic medical conditions including chronic pain. Our services include bioidentical hormone treatment, hormone replacement therapy, anti-aging medicine, cancer treatment therapy, medical acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutritional medicine. The integrative center serves women in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads, Eastern Shore, Richmond, Virginia, and North Carolina.


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