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