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Calcium and vitamin D intake by postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in France.
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PMID:  20446889     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess dietary calcium and vitamin D intake and their relationship with prescription medication and nutritional supplement use among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis in France. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Telephone interviews were conducted with 207 postmenopausal women with osteoporosis referred by a random sample of physicians from a French national list. Based on a French food frequency questionnaire, patients reported their daily food intake and frequency as well as their use of prescription medications and nutritional supplements. RESULTS: Average daily dietary vitamin D intake was only 144.8 IU (SD 84.6, p < 0.01 compared to the recommended 800 IU), with 30% of the sample taking a vitamin D supplement. No participant had more than 500 IU vitamin D daily from food alone and 78% had less than 200 IU per day. A total of 51% of patients took no vitamin D supplements and had less than 5 hours of sun exposure in a week. Patients who were receiving osteoporosis medications and those who were not had comparable vitamin D intake. The average daily dietary calcium intake was 966.4 mg (SD 273.7, p < 0.01 compared to the 800 mg recommended). Calcium supplements were taken by 38% of participants and older patients tended to take more. Limitations of the study include convenience sampling and patient self-report. CONCLUSIONS: Daily vitamin D intake among this sample of postmenopausal osteoporotic women in France was significantly lower than recommended dosages. At least 50% of these patients might benefit by adding vitamin D to their current therapy.
Sébastien Czernichow; Tao Fan; Gonzalo Nocea; Shuvayu Sankar Sen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current medical research and opinion     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1473-4877     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Med Res Opin     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-15     Completed Date:  2010-09-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0351014     Medline TA:  Curr Med Res Opin     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1667-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, Avicenne Hospital, University of Paris 13, Bobigny, France.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Bone Density Conservation Agents / therapeutic use
Calcium, Dietary / administration & dosage*
Data Collection
Dietary Supplements / utilization*
Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
Eating / physiology*
France / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Nutrition Policy
Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / drug therapy,  epidemiology*,  prevention & control
Vitamin D / administration & dosage*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Bone Density Conservation Agents; 0/Calcium, Dietary; 1406-16-2/Vitamin D

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