I started taking calcium supplements fifteen years ago, when my aunts started breaking bones. My mother, too, was shrinking dramatically, and I’m lactose intolerant and so I get very little dairy calcium in my diet. Let’s just say I saw the writing on the wall. Along with 1,200 mg of calcium every day, I take a multivitamin that contains vitamin D and magnesium (among other things), as well as a supplement of several B vitamins.I had a bone scan when I was just past 60 that showed that the calcium—and ten years of hormone replacement therapy—had done its job. My bones were of average density and well out of the danger zone. Walking two to three miles a day surely hadn’t hurt, either. I’m doubly glad my bones are strong because one of the inert ingredients in Fosamax is lactose, so I wouldn’t be able to take it!I also had to stop taking HRT when I had breast cancer a few years ago. Now I take Tamoxifen to help prevent a recurrence, and I’m counting on some bone protection from that, although I know there haven’t been studies on that aspect of it. I’ve also started using 100 percent lactose-free milk, and I can tolerate cheddar cheese and yogurt with live cultures. I eat beans a few times a week, but I don’t get nearly enough dark green leafy vegetables. I’m working on that. But for now I’m glad to know supplements can make up for the times I can’t get calcium in my diet.*41\228\2*

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