After menopause, calcium and vitamin D may slow bone loss–but may not be sufficient to completely stop it.
Throughout your life, calcium and vitamin D play a key role in maintaining your bone health. They are particularly vital while your bones are still growing, generally until about age 35. Contrary to what many people think, calcium and vitamin D may not be sufficient to totally stop bone loss during menopause and can’t make your bones any stronger after menopause. Even if you are taking medicine for osteoporosis, it is important that you take supplemental calcium and vitamin D, especially if dietary intake is inadequate.
If a postmenopausal woman’s total score is less than 1,500 mg, it is important to increase her daily calcium intake. If a woman has not yet reach menopause or is taking estrogen, her daily calcium intake should be 1,000 mg/day.
source: Calcium info. adapted from materials supplied by the National Osteoporosis Foundation