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How can I get calcium and vitamin D to help with osteoporosis?

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Make low-fat dairy a regular part of your diet. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are all good options. You can also get vitamin D from fortified foods, like cereals and orange juices. Many foods also have protein and other nutrients needed for not just bone health, but for total body health.

If you still aren’t getting enough calcium and vitamin D, ask your doctor about supplements.

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Men and Osteoporosis;" "8 Common Myths about Osteoporosis;" and "Are You at Risk for Developing Bone Disease?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "What Are the Medications for Osteoporosis?"

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis Myths."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; president, the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Department of Veterans Affairs:  “Screening Men for Osteoporosis: Who & How, 2007.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Men and Osteoporosis;" "8 Common Myths about Osteoporosis;" and "Are You at Risk for Developing Bone Disease?"

University of Maryland Medical Center: "What Are the Medications for Osteoporosis?"

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "Osteoporosis Myths."

Ethel Siris, MD, director, Toni Stabile Osteoporosis Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, N.Y.; president, the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Department of Veterans Affairs:  “Screening Men for Osteoporosis: Who & How, 2007.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on November 18, 2018

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