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Vitamin D

Does vitamin D help with osteoporosis?

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  • AJoan Salge Blake, MS, RD, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    Cows in Field

    Adequate amounts of vitamin D are needed daily in order for your body to absorb calcium. A chronic deficiency of calcium is a risk factor for osteoporosis, or brittle bones. Nonfat and low fat milk are fabulous sources of both vitamin D and calcium. Your diet should include 3 servings of lean dairy daily to help you meet your calcium needs.

     

    Cows in Field
  • Without sufficient vitamin D, inadequate calcium is absorbed, and this may weaken bones and increase the risk of fracture. Vitamin D supplementation has been shown to slow bone loss and reduce fracture, particularly when taken with calcium.

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