Improve your bone health

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osteoporosis

 

Bone Density.  Osteopenia.  Osteoporosis.  Bone Loss. Improve your bone health.  Many of us probably don’t give a lot of thought to these titles, until maybe when you’re told you or someone you love has Osteoporosis or Osteopenia.  I know I didn’t until I was introduced to a local support group regarding osteoporosis.  I became concerned because I’m a woman in the right age group.  The truth is the more I looked into osteoporosis and osteopenia the more concerned I became.  I wasn’t aware that by 2020 half of Americans over 50 are expected to have low bone density or osteoporosis (http://bit.ly/1iSI0Oo).

Women are at a greater risk for osteoporosis than men are, however men get osteoporosis too.  Your bone density is very important and there are many ways to improve your bone health – let’s start with 5 easy ways to improve your bone health through calcium and vitamin D.

 

  1.  Try low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurt to add more calcium to your diet.
  2. Include green vegetables that have calcium in your recipes.  Good choices are broccoli, bok choy, kale and turnip greens.
  3. Try foods that have calcium and vitamin D added.  Fortified juices, cereals and milk alternatives like soymilk are some good choices.
  4. Take a calcium supplement if you aren’t getting enough calcium from food, but don’t take more calcium than you need.
  5. Take a vitamin D supplement if you need one.  Find out how much vitamin D you need for your age.

Talk to your doctor about osteoporosis and osteopenia.  You can also visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) website for information (www.nof.org).  Educate yourself.  Osteoporosis is a serious disease.

 

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Author: MIMI Medical Staff