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What are foods to avoid when managing osteoporosis?

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Don’t get too much phosphorus from your diet, because it can promote bone loss. High-phosphorus foods include red meats, soft drinks, and those with phosphate food additives.

Also, don’t drink too much alcohol or get too much caffeine. They cut down on how much calcium your body absorbs.

To help keep estrogen levels from dropping sharply after menopause -- and thus help prevent osteoporosis -- some doctors tell postmenopausal women to eat more foods that have plant estrogens, especially tofu, soybean milk, and other soy products. But there's no proof these foods help you avoid or delay osteoporosis.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium,” “Vitamin D.”

Mayo Clinic: "Osteoporosis: Self-management: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Osteoporosis prevention and treatment (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements: "Calcium,” “Vitamin D.”

Mayo Clinic: "Osteoporosis: Self-management: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Osteoporosis prevention and treatment (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 28, 2019

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