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What are sources of vitamin D for prevention of osteoporosis?

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Vitamin D helps your body absorb the calcium you eat, which helps with your bone mass. Not many foods naturally have the nutrient, but you can get it in:

Your skin also naturally makes vitamin D when sunlight hits it. You can get at least some of what you need if you spend a little time outdoors every day. But don’t overdo it -- too much time in the sun raises your chances for skin cancer.

  • Fatty fish, like salmon, mackerel, and tuna
  • Beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks
  • Fortified foods like milk, cereal, and orange juice

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?" 

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Osteoporosis: Screening.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Prevention: Who's at Risk?" 

McIlwain, H, MD, and Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD, Henry Holt, 2004. Reversing Osteopenia: The Definitive Guide to Recognizing and Treating Early Bone Loss in Women of All Ages,

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Osteoporosis: Screening.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 27, 2018

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