Osteoporosis: Taking Calcium and Vitamin D
Bone thinning occurs as part of the natural process of aging. If the thinning continues to the point that your bones become fragile and in danger of breaking, you have osteoporosis. But osteoporosis is considered a preventable disease.
- After age 30, men and women naturally begin to lose bone mass. You can slow bone loss and possibly prevent Reference osteoporosis Opens New Window by eating a diet rich in Reference calcium Opens New Window and Reference vitamin D Opens New Window.
- Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is especially critical for women in the first few years after Reference menopause Opens New Window, when bone mass is lost more rapidly.
- If you do not get enough calcium and vitamin D from the foods you eat, change your diet and/or take calcium and vitamin D supplements. Your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium.
- If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, it's important to get enough calcium and vitamin D and take prescribed medicine for the disease.
- Calcium is found in many foods, including dairy products such as milk, cheese, or yogurt, fortified orange juice, and many vegetables.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine