Complementary therapies

A. Adequate dietary calcium intake is essential, and supplementation is helpful if dietary sources are inadequate. Total calcium intake should approximate 1,500 mg per day, which usually requires supplementation.

B. Vitamin D supplementation (400 to 800 IU per day) is recommended for women who do not spend 30 minutes per day in the sun.

C. Treatment of low libido consists of 1% testosterone gel (AndroGel). Testosterone gel is supplied in 2.5- or 5-gram packets that deliver 25 or 50 mg of testosterone to the skin surface. Start with % gm/day applied to the inner surface of a forearm daily and increase to 1 gm/day if necessary. Androgens are known to increase libido and protect bone mass.

References: See page 146.

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