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Calcium and vitamin D are important for bone.

Calcium und Vitamin D deficit

Decalcit® - Vitamin D works itself to the bone. For the whole body.

Vitamin D together with calcium plays an important role in the health and function of bone. Moreover, vitamin D is even more important than previously assumed, and Vitamin D deficiency usually also effects other organs and parts of the body.

For example, vitamin D is also very important for muscle strength and can therefore reduce the risk of falls in the elderly. The immune system is influenced by vitamin D and the risk of diseases such as hypertension or cancer is reduced.

Vitamin D plays an important role

The body obtains vitamin D from sunlight on the skin and from food. Vitamin D requirements cannot be fully met by dietary intake alone (especially high-fat fish).

Although vitamin D is produced by the body itself during suitable exposure to sunlight, vitamin D deficiency is widespread especially among the elderly.

The sun's radiation during the winter half-year in Central Europe is hardly sufficient for vitamin D production, and in summer the use of high sun protection factors reduce the effect. In addition, many elderly people tend to avoid direct exposure to the sun completely.

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Role of Vitamin D in the calcium-phosphate metabolism

Vitamin D and calcium:

Calcium supplementation is generally recommended to maintain bone mineral density in the elderly. Calcium alone is less effective than was previously assumed.

On the other hand, supplementation of 700 - 800 IU vitamin D alone can reduce the risk of bone fractures. The risk of falls is also decreased, probably due to a favourable effect on the muscularstrength of the legs.

Present knowledge therefore suggests that the combined use of calcium and vitamin D is beneficial in preventing falls and fractures.

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Decalcit® - just what's needed?

A balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle can usually ensure a sufficient supply of all the necessary nutrients in healthy persons. Nevertheless, calcium and vitamin D deficiency are widespread especially among the elderly.

Bone contains not only calcium but also phosphate in a ratio of about 1,6:1. On supplementation of calcium, e.g. in the form of carbonate salt, it can interfere with the uptake of phosphates from the diet.

This can negatively influence the bone mineral density. This effect can be counteracted by additional phosphate supplementation.

Existing knowledge indicates that together with a daily glass of milk and a piece of cheese, Decalcit® is suitable for dietary supplementation in the elderly.

Application

Method of administration

For administration to infants and young children, the powder is particularly suitable and can be mixed with the daily diet (bottle, mashed food etc.). For older children and adults, chewable tablets are available which should be chewed and swallowed with liquid.

Adults and children aged 12 years or older:
Daily 1-2 chewable tablets or 1/2-1 measuring spoon full of Decalcit powder.

Infants, including preterm infants from the 3rd week of life and during the first two years of life, 1/2 measuring spoon full of Decalcit® powder daily. If necessary, children also receive this daily dose in the following years of life during the winter month with little sun.

The duration of treatment is determined by the physician depending on the severity and type of condition to be treated.

Decalcit® tablets:

Decalcit® powder:

Please consult the package insert.
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Scientific Evidence

Calcium supplementation has long been recommended for the prevention of falls and associated non-vertebral fractures.

Vitamin D could also play a more important role in the prevention of falls and fractures than was previously assumed. On the one hand, vitamin D maintains calcium homeostasis and thus bone mineral density, and thereby contributes to preventing fractures. On the other hand, vitamin D also seems to have a positive effect on the muscular strength in the legs, which in turn can reduce the risk of falls.

Besides calcium and vitamin D supplementation, a sufficient serum phosphate level should also be present to ensure sufficient bone mineral density.

Based on current knowledge, the combined administration of calcium, vitamin D and phosphate therefore appears beneficial in preventing falls and fractures in the elderly.

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