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
osteoporosis by eating a diet rich in
- Getting enough calcium and
vitamin D is especially critical for women in the first few years after
menopause, when bone mass is lost more
- 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 through supplements and/or what you eat. 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
How can you get enough calcium and vitamin D in your daily diet?