All those years women were told to take extra calcium, were doctors testing their calcium levels in their blood?
I have no idea if doctors actually told patients to take calcium or not. I was never told to take it, but I was fairly young when there was a big push about calcium. I know a lot of women took extra calcium because they thought it would help with preventing bone loss.
I have several questions:
Did your doctor ever suggest taking extra calcium?
If yes, how much?
If you took extra calcium on your own did your doctor know? Did/does he monitor your OTC, vitamin, mineral and herbal intake?
If you did take calcium, did your doctor ever run a blood test to check your calcium?
Did your doctor recommend taking vitamin D with calcium and tell you why you should? If he told you why, did you think it was because it helps the calcium absorb into the bone? Did he mention it was also so the calcium does not clog or stiffen your arteries or other soft tissues?
Did your doctor recommend taking vitamin K2 along with the D?
It’s very possible your calcium was checked, even if not specifically because you take calcium. Calcium is part of a common panel of blood tests that also includes electrolytes, glucose and others. So if your doctor typically ran blood tests, you might very well have had your calcium checked without knowing.