Are calcium, vitamin D and exercise enough to help bone density?

Getting enough calcium and vitamin D, and doing weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercise, should help you build and maintain bone density. Not smoking and not drinking alcohol excessively can also help keep bones strong by not accelerating bone loss. However, even these good health habits may not be enough to maintain strong bones in everyone. About half of all women and one-quarter of all men over 50 will have a fracture due to osteoporosis (the brittle-bone disease). Talk to your doctor about your own risk for osteoporosis and what steps you can take to reduce it.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.