Both men and women may have certain ‘risk factors’ that can make them more likely to develop osteoporosis.
People should discuss risk factors with their doctor, and anyone over 50 with risk factors may require a bone density scan.
- Low calcium intake – adults require 1,000 mg per day (preferably through diet) which increases to 1,300 mg per day for women over 50 and men over 70. Low vitamin D levels – a lack of sun exposure can mean you are not getting enough vitamin D which your body needs to absorb calcium.
- Your skin makes vitamin D in response to sun exposure, and your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium and build healthy bones.
- Much evidence indicates that both calcium and vitamin D are efficacious in protecting the skeleton, particularly when these 2 nutrients are used in combination
- Review Your Medications: The medications you take can negatively affect your bones. Talk to your doctor and understand medications
Did you know? Most people get their vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, but certain foods, like yogurt, are fortified with vitamin D.
And, Eight ounces of fat-free milk will cost you 90 calories, but provide you with 30% of your daily dose of calcium.