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Healthy Eating: Taking Calcium and Vitamin D

Bone thinning occurs as part of aging. After age 30, men and women begin to lose bone mass. If over time your bones thin so much that they become fragile and in danger of breaking, you have osteoporosis.

  • You can slow bone loss and could even prevent osteoporosis by eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
  • Calcium is found in many foods. These include dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. It's also in fortified orange juice and many vegetables.
  • Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is especially critical for women in the first few years after menopause. During this time, bone mass is lost faster.
  • If you do not get enough calcium and vitamin D from the foods you eat, talk to your doctor about how you can get the right amount. You may need to take supplements.
  • If you have osteoporosis, it's important to get enough calcium and vitamin D and take prescribed medicine for the disease.

 How can you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your daily diet?

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerCarla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 14, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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