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Calcium loss from bones can be caused by inadequate diet, reduced sex hormone levels, overactive thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney disorders, medication or genetic predisposition. A 33 year old woman started to take calcium supplements after she was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Five years later her osteoporosis had deteriorated. Several things can inhibit calcium absorption by the bones: high acid foods, smoking, some antacids, caffeine, carbonated drinks, fats, alcohol, salt and a sedentary lifestyle.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Hindu Business Line
About: It's not enough to take calcium supplements to ward off osteoporosis
Date: 6 October 2004
Source: The Hindu Business Line
Author: Bharat Savur
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